These days, the Karagöz puppets have been spending a lot of time in the classroom with me – more time than ever given that I am teaching an online class for the first time.
The puppets sit on the top of the couch behind me, as I sift through reams and reams of e-paper responses to discussion questions from my students. For years, I have lamented the fact that it is so hard to get my students to speak up in class – or do their readings, for that matter. Nowadays, they are talking my ear off and really thinking analytically. Which is wonderful, but time-consuming when responding to each one with a cogent and hopefully thought-provoking response! If this were my only task with my students, reading their work would make me happy…but let me tell you what is going on.
Now think about the last time someone talked you ragged, so to speak. Not only am I being talked ragged by my students in terms of substance – the puppets are swinging their legs up on the couch behind me, commenting all the way on the lackadaisical nature of students’ approach to the writing of these responses.
“Can’t she find a dictionary?” Says Kenne the Queen of Manners (and of grammatical correctness, apparently)
“Since when are its and it’s the same thing!” Celebi, the modern lover laments.
“What is this text language doing in formal writing – R U Kiddin’ me LOLz?” Karagöz cackles from the side…if only the puppets would focus on the wonderful content of my students’ comments, and not on the bad spelling, grammar or use of text messaging language.
And that brings me to this “ironing on my head business.” Kafa ütülemek: It means “to talk too much for too long and bore someone”. It literally translates as “to iron someones head”. Sounds weird, doesn’t it? Well, it perfectly describes how I feel about this aspect of online teaching.
What about you – what do you think about the concept of online teaching?