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The first class meeting seemed to go smoothly enough. I went in, introduced myself, and ran through the course syllabus and calendar. The students seemed pretty much like the students I taught at State U--maybe a little older. They asked the same questions about how long the papers should be and which books to buy. They made no comments about the journal assignment for the next class. They filled out my survey readily enough. In fact, the class ended twenty minutes early.
In my eight years of teaching at State U, I never saw anything like the survey responses I received from this class. Can community college students be that different? I just don't know how I'm going to cope.