Of the many things I’ve learnt about teaching
I am pretty sure that this is a very true one:
Huge numbers of student crises could be avoided if people… read the syllabus; listened to me when I went over assignments; read the assignments carefully; came to office hours if they had questions; didn’t wait till the last minute unless they had demonstrable proof that they could pull an A out of the ether; paid attention; showed up and did the assignments.
I’m just saying.
One thing I don’t get:
Students who simply stop showing up without dropping.
Students who keep showing up, but turn in no work.
Yes, I am in grading jail, and am giving one final exam and one set of final presentation critiques tomorrow. Or maybe it’s two finals. This has been an incredibly good semester in terms of the students I’ve taught. There were some issues, but I was able to work with some truly cool and bright people. I learnt a lot about teaching, and I taught in a new field which solidified a lot of my ideas about whether or not what we do is political and how. It was also, it turns out, very difficult. There was a lot in the course and in our discussions that ended up being very triggery, and made some parts of my life more difficult. Having said that, I really hope that my students found the semester as rewarding as I did.