I totally changed the composition course today. Well, not totally, since it still follows the big overarching plan that we're supposed to share with all the other sections.
But the biking part? That's totally gone.
The students hated it. They don't want to talk about biking. And their hatred (well, mostly) meant that I was constantly dealing with glowering students. And I don't need that.
So today, we brainstormed what they'd like to learn and write about, and put a big list on the board, and then narrowed the list, and then narrowed further, and they'll be choosing from these three topics:
Local Sports Team (and alas, its' not Omega Pharma or Sky)
Desserts (yep, I checked the spelling, so not the dry areas)
Now they have a project to find stuff, but that's fine because they aren't going to make me miserable, and they'll find good stuff (at least in aggregate) because they're finding stuff about stuff they care about.
And I won't be made miserable.
And they'll learn what they need to learn about writing, and maybe they won't be miserable either.
These are all good things.