Friday, November 30, 2007

Dear Fall 2007 Students,
Thanks for not doing stuff like this.

The fall semester of the year 2006S was the record-breaker for imbecility. My favorite example is pictured at right. The student handed it to me and nonchalantly walked away. I glanced at it, immediately called him back in, handed him the paper and gave him the "what the hell is this?" look. He looked at the paper, then back at me and asked me what the problem was. I asked if he was kidding. But he wasn't. When I pointed out that he'd turned in a paper, single spaced and written in all caps, he told me that he hadn't noticed it followed by a George Costanza-esque was I not supposed to do that? Was that wrong? I won't even get into the content of the paper.

Oh, and there are more stories, some much worse.

I was so wrung out by the students of Fall 2006S that I went ahead and scheduled a surgery I needed just for the temporary chemical lobotomy. It didn't last long enough.

This fall has been so different. My students have been incredibly great. The greatest. Really! And apparently I'm not the only one enjoying the reprieve from idiocy.

What's happening here? Is my evil plan working?

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Blogger Leigh C. said...

That's almost as bad as the English class TA I worked with at my old job who took one look at a paper he was grading and started laughing, saying that that student had flunked, big time. She'd printed her paper off the Net, and it was painfully obvious by the URLs that were left on the tops of the pages. And the girl actually CONTESTED her grade!

7:20 AM  
Blogger sophmom said...

I got as far as "EXTERIORALLY" and quit trying. Yikes! I'm glad you've had good classes/students this semester.

I've been reading and loved your videos but realize (as also happens to me at Leigh's blog) that I've wandered off following links without saying anything. Thanks for pointing out the Gentleman's C's blog (the "porn" post was hilarious) from which I've also meandered to a blog by a GA educator (unidentified D2U) called Educated & Poor. It's another excellent read. Thanks!

I hope you and yours are well and happy and that work's progressing, even if slowly, on the house. I'm missin' all y'all.

P.S. I think your ass looks fabulous! ;)

P.S.S. Have you changed something about your comment settings? I don't remember it making me comment as Blogger Sophmom (as opposed to Blog-City Sophmom) and am wondering if this is yet another manifestation of the Evil Google Empire forcing me in a direction I'd rather not go. It's been happening a whole lot since "Sharon" got a G-mail address. Grrrr.

Okay. That's all. I promise. Well, almost.

9:07 AM  
Blogger LisaPal said...

This paper is really nothing compared to some others that I've seen, and I've seen all kinds of things that defy belief. Sometimes it's so bad that it's funny. But most of the time, it's just sad.

Sophmom, don't worry about getting lost in links and not commenting. I'm the last person who should complain about that. I rarely comment these days because it's all I can do to keep up with the blog reading and all the other stuff I have to do. And I don't know what's up with the Blogger comments, but I didn't change anything. (??)

2:52 AM  
Blogger Oliver said...

OK. Here's one. The culture of education in the Gulf Arab world is maybe 1 1/2 generations old, so let's forgive them from the outset.

I told my class I would no longer grade quizzes and explained that quizzes did not count much towads their final grades anyway, and that I was fed up with trying to control their cheating during quizzes. Besides, a quiz is supposed to benefit them by revealing shortcomings and weak areas, right? Pass the final, and I'll spot you the 10% across the board.

The next quiz I gave was a self-graded quiz. I explained carefully while pasing them out that in fifteen minutes, I would give them the answers. "Mark them yourselves." "Look. No gradebook."

Needless to say, they continued accidentally drop pencils, to whisper answers, hold up papers on the sly. I asked "Why? Why are you cheating when I'm going to give you in anwers in ten minutes?"

One good student said, "They can't help it. It's like a drug."

9:48 AM  
Blogger sophmom said...

It took me a while to figure it out but blogger changed their comment interface over the weekend so that it's no longer possible to leave a link back to a non-blogger blog. There's a bit of a hue and cry going on about it, in which I'm gladly participating. I don't know what I'm thinking. First I criticize Kos in my last post and now I'm railing against Google. *sigh*

9:55 AM  
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