Overheard in the hallway during break…

I don’t always get to hear what the folks in my classes are talking about during break, but I did recently when I caught snatches of what they were saying about various faculty they’d encountered… so I’m passing along today some of the things I heard that fell into the ‘man, that annoys me’ category —

“Why did she bother writing a syllabus when she didn’t stick to it anyway and didn’t let us know what she was changing?… and I must have been sleeping in the 5th week or something when she added that big final assignment that kinda came out of nowhere.”

“I wish I would have taken advantage of his invitation… really a suggestion.. to hand in drafts; it would have made getting to the end a lot less difficult and anxiety producing. I think I was afraid.. or was it lazy? I don’t know.. but it’s a good idea I wish more instructors would offer from the beginning of a course.”

” Someday, maybe just maybe, a teacher will let me know WHY we’re doing what we’re doing in class. It would be nice to be offered some explanation or rationale for this and that in a seminar.”

“If my clients heard me say “I’m new, so excuse my ineptness” or “My company made me say this, don’t blame me” I’d probably forego my next raise… maybe even my next paycheck! C’mon.. no excuses.”

“I thought the readings were lightweight… until we really got into discussions about them. That made it a lot easier to get into some of the bigger pieces. And I had one teacher who assigned some heavy duty stuff but I don’t think I had a clue what it was about or why I was reading it. But I couldn’t admit that to her… or myself! And, while I’m at it, I didn’t know why we were reading something from 25 years ago… there’s got to be a reason but I’ll be darned if I can figure it out by myself.”

“Did I pay for other students to stand up and deliver uninteresting presentations so the teacher can say we did collaborative learning?”

“I don’t get the relationship – or lack of it – between the criteria in the syllabus and the grade. I think I should have gotten a better one. I didn’t see or hear anything from him about 10 pages not being enough. Don’t you think it’s fair for teachers to stick by what they say is worth a B… or a C, for that matter? I guess they have the power to give any grade they want for whatever reasons.”

I thought I heard some other comments but I retreated to my classroom… knowing at least one of these referred to me but wondering how many more?

If you’re a teacher, any thing here hit home? If you’re a student… anything you’d like to add under the umbrella of, ‘man.. that annoys me?!’

m fiddler

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