How does anyone teach comp? I don't know!
Not that I've started thinking about my syllabi for the fall, or anything. Because I haven't. It's 1 AM and I'm just back from the bar. But hey, I need to teach a lot of comp next year, and I claimed to know what I was going to be doing, and yes, I have some ideas, but...how does this teaching thing work, exactly?
Actually, ever since it dawned on me (back in '01) that I was going to have to teach people actual things one day, I've had this feeling that teaching is a sort of mystical enterprise that I could never possibly understand. Like, you stand in front of a room and somehow manage to fill a certain block of time--never visibly spacing out, never seeming to get tired--and lead people to think a certain thing that they didn't think before. How does that happen? I suppose I've done it (either that, or I've wasted a whole lot of other people's time), but lately it's been hitting me that I'm going to have to do it for about 12 hours a week next year, and I'm flabbergasted.
Composition has me a little more stunned than the actual lit courses, I confess. Because I can babble on about literature pretty much endlessly, if I have to (I'm not saying it's interesting, or informative, but the time gets filled). VerySLAC does not have a set comp curriculum; in fact, everyone structures the class pretty much however they want. Which is nice, in a way, but at this stage in my career I'd really like some guidelines. (Guidelines are, apparently, forthcoming. However, I'm not convinced that they will be detailed guidelines; thus, some worry remains.)
So I ask my question again, knowing that it's vague, knowing that it's huge and impossible to answer, and that at this stage a Google search will probably yield my best results:
How on earth does one teach comp?