CCA members have their favorites
Dorothy Reina, Riverside College, history:
I love the evening. I like the array of students I get. Traditional, working people and single mothers and I also have a block of time – a three-hour block of time. It’s long but I break it up with short lectures, maybe a video.
John Martin, Shasta College, history:
I like prime time from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. After 2 o’clock, students fall asleep. When I first started teaching, I was working at 7 a.m., 4 p.m., and on Saturdays. That’s what you do as a newbie, you have to pay your dues.
Linda Chan, Mt. San Antonio, science:
I like the late afternoon. My students are awake. The first thing in the morning, I’m not as focused and in the evening I’m too tired. This semester, I have seven classes. In the morning are traditional students. The evening classes tend to be working people. I have a class at Pasadena, three at Mt. Sac, and three at Citrus – all different times.
Diane Hunter, San Bernardino College, English:
I love the evening students. Evening students are more focused and more engaged in class.
Tim Raposa, Sierra College, anthropology:
I like to teach in the morning because my other jobs right now are in the afternoons and evenings. However, I may soon get another job that will be during the day so I’ll have to switch to evenings if that happens. So, basically my other non-academic jobs dictate my class preference.
Ali Arid, Gavilan College, mathematics:
I like to teach in the morning especially at 9:00 a.m. Students tend to be more attentive and alert between 9:00 am and 11:00 am. However, I have been in charge of running the learning skills lab in the daytime for the past few years. Consequently, I have only been teaching at night at 6 p.m. in the regular semesters and day-time in the summer.