Teaching a Class of Bleary-eyed Students Who Have Just Submitted a Big Paper

They’re definitely stressed. They’re sleep-deprived. They may be furious (at me!).  But they’re still riding the intellectual buzz that comes from finishing a research paper. I love what happens in the classroom on the day a major assignment’s due.  Students come to class after having wrestled a mess of free-write drafts and marginalia and Post-It-Notalia into some semblance of order.  In pursuit of evidence to support their thesis, they’ve turned…