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.

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