Saturday, December 16, 2006

How much time do you spend teaching?

The article at this link:

breaks out quite clearly the time-on-task spent by a writing teacher teaching 25 first-year undergraduates.

It's pretty easy for a legal writing professor (teaching only on the graduate level in the U.S.) to follow this article's method and calculate the time-on-task spent teaching during the just now waning semester.  Of course, the average legal writing professor in the U.S. has more in the range of 40 to 50 students each semester (some have a lot more), and lengthier, even more complex tasks to teach and critique.  Most legal writing professors also are required to perform service activities within the academy, the profession, and the community.  And many are required to pursue scholarship and publish, many at the same rate and level as all tenure-line law professors.  If we're tired as the semester draws to a close, it's easy to see why!


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