It's almost done
Surprise!!!! I still know that this blog exists, I just tend not to have the time or desire to post anything to it. I've found that twitter and facebook have offered adequate ways to vent my frustrations. Until now.
It seems that this semester is determined to suck every last drop of joy and interest I have in teaching. The students have been the most apathetic I have yet encountered and the number of excuses/problems these students have had is unparalleled. Since the story could become far too long to go into in any real depth below is the bullet point version of the crap I've been dealing with:
- Multiple questions about when the labs start, despite numerous emails and class announcements indicating the date.
- Midterm 1 - Three students don't write the exam. Two re-write it, one emails me a week AFTER the exam to be able to make it up.
- Midterm 1 grade range: low = 5%, high = 99%
- Course attendance dropped to about 50% by the end of the semester
- Coincidentally, 50% is also the average grade on both midterms
- Midterm 2 - The day before the exam a student emails me asking to take the exam next week, he's not ready to write it yet.
- Two students forgot to put their names on an assignment/exam
- Three students requesting alternate final exam dates; the most recent request two days before the exam.
- A possible accusation of an attempt to sabotage a student's academic progress - the email was in such broken english I'm not sure if I was being accused or if it was directed towards another prof.
- All lectures are recorded and distributed as audio and video files in iPod friendly formats.
- All lecture slides are posted in advance of the class with room for note taking.
- Each class has an excess of sample problems pre-written and downloadable and the solutions to all the problems (even those not done during the class) are downloadable following the class.
- That adds up to 150 (often multipart) questions provided for them to learn from and use.
- Only the best 3 out of 5 assignments are counted.
- Sample textbook problems are also provided.
- Sample midterms, final exams and additional sample final problems.
- Open office policy; if a student stops in for help I help, I don't send them away.
- A course syllabus that has apparently made students not in my class envious of the organization of the course.