I was talking to a friend about teaching, and in the context of his experience in the classroom he quoted a comedian’s line about doing stand-up: “It’s never them.” In other words, if you bomb, it’s your fault.
So far this semester, I have difficulty getting students to write good papers, by which I mean papers that feel like the students cared about them when they wrote them. Class discussions are great, and then the papers come in and … not so great. What am I doing wrong? I can provide more information if anyone wants to engage in a dialogue about this.
How do you get your students to write good papers?