January 26, 2011

Theme Problems

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:08 am by profart

Every semester seems to take on a set of problems of its own, ones that are rare every other year, but THAT semester, you have a bumper crop. This semester is the Semester of Student Who Can’t Figure Out How to Attend a Class.

Every once in a while, I will get a random first-year student who has no clue about college. They send me odd emails or leave me weird phone messages such as, “When does class meet?” or “How do I buy a book?” This is usually a problem in the fall, not the spring, and I usually just have one of these. This semester? I have four. Three weeks into the class, and I have an online student who emailed me to inform me they just now got the syllabus to open and will be catching up (that same syllabus says “I do not accept late work.”) I have had two from the live classes asking where and when we meet- both having missed 4 classes already. I have one that started with “where do we meet?” and then went on to “how do I find a cheaper textbook?”

Folks, when you sign up for a class, get a class schedule, and see when and where you meet. If you don’t know where a room is, ask someone on campus- the first day of class, not two weeks after classes start. If you don’t like the price of the book, either hit Amazon, or go to the library. These are not things to be emailing your professor about. It sends up all sorts of red flags. Shiny, red, annoying flags.


January 7, 2011

Start with a Giggle

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:19 pm by profart

Welcome to Spring Semester 2011! Woo-hoo!

So I have all my students take a quiz on the syllabus, to make sure they get the info they need (and as backup later in the semester when they try to tell me they didn’t know about a policy or deadline…). I changed the syllabus a little, so I rewrote the quiz. One of the questions was a little too vague, a problem pointed out to me by a student when they emailed me, saying they had tried their answer three times, and it was still being marked wrong!

After giggling to myself, something about insanity and why not try a different answer, I did go into the file and re-write the question. No point pushing them over the edge, right off the bat.


January 6, 2011

Clues for the Clueless, #31

Posted in clues to the clueless, student stories at 3:46 am by profart

Hint: If you didn’t turn in a paper, you get a zero. Claiming after the class is over that you turned in a paper is not really much help, especially if you then follow up with a claim that your computer crashed and you have lost all your work. I have no trace of you turning in the assignment, nor of my sending you acknowledgement of receiving the assignment. In fact, I have no email from you at all, except these whines about how you have to pass this class because {insert reason here}. You might have noticed that such emails are considered academic dishonesty in my syllabus. If you read it.

I still have no paper to grade. I have nothing to work with. There is no paper.

That’s a zero. For a quarter of your final grade. And you didn’t do so hot on your exams, either. Which makes an F. Oh, and I noticed you were late to class over 1/2 the time. That didn’t help you much, either.

So get a clue. Turn in your work. And come to class on time. And if you forget to turn in work? Take your F like an adult, and get out of my face.