April 28, 2009

Is it me?

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:30 am by profart

What part of “I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE WORK” do students not understand? Seriously!


April 27, 2009

Magic Reappearing Student Magically Reappears Again

Posted in student stories at 3:30 am by profart

Yes, tis the season… as the semester winds down, the whining commences. I have had to reopen a number of assignments to accommodate students who had family and medical issues over the course of the semester. So naturally, Magic Reappearing Student is thrilled- they see the assignments are reopened! Why can’t they take them, too?

How does one properly word, “being an idiot and just not doing the work is not a valid medical or family emergency”?

April 18, 2009

It’s going to be a long semester when…

Posted in student mistakes, student stories, teaching revelations tagged , , , , , , , at 4:41 am by profart

… you put the Mona Lisa on screen, ask the class what it is, and get no response.
… students ask you what religion the Pope is. {Note the plural.}
… you write a plural on the board and the students argue with you that there should be an apostrophe in it.
… you ask students to identify an image and get answers like, “it’s that thing”, “sometime” and “where-ever.” Those are quotes, mind you.
… you spend a lecture discussing the impact of Napoleon on art subjects and styles, only to find the class has no idea who Napoleon was, much less identify him in a painting or sculpture.
… three weeks into class, several students realize the class meets on both Tuesday and Thursday… because you start asking where they are on the alternate day. Oh, and you write it out on the syllabus: This class meets in room XXX on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00pm.

April 11, 2009

Clues to the Clueless #17

Posted in clues to the clueless tagged , , , , at 5:17 am by profart

Hint: If you come to your professor with a sad medical story to excuse your absence since the midterm (that being now four weeks ago), and expect sympathy and accommodation, it is a good idea to miss no more classes. Seriously. Especially not the very next one. I still take attendance, sweetie. Did you think I wouldn’t notice?