Yes, this thread is for the instructors.
The students I teach are a oft happy, warbling, eager lot--I love 'em all and want to see them succeed..................but...........every once in a while.........they test me.
Oh, I know, we cannot save them all--and we still have to try.
Their education is up to them, not us...........they learn better if its taken, not given...........but there's those that leave me bewildered.
College-level classes mean the student is usually adult, often living alone or away from home and supposedly responsible.
Yet I'll see behaviour that just leaves me..........stumped.
Classic one is the student that is gleefully spending time on the 'Net, rather than paying attention to the lecture. Another is students simply not showing up. Recently I had a class with an 80% absentee rate (5 students, ONE showed up)--which normally would distrub me, but I have another class with a 96% attendance rate ( 25 students, with only one or two NOT showing up) so I'm pretty sure its not me that is the problem.
I've had students absolutely flabbergast me...........by asking how to do storyboards a mere TWO days before their graduation.
Its funny and sad and frustrating all at the same time.
My response has been cultivated over the past 7 years I've taught. Its one part Drill instructor, one part cranky boss and one part compassionate human being.
I've reasoned that since the students are usually destined for industry that I try to teach them as if they already were IN the industry--and treat them accordingly. The onus being on them for their behaviour and responsibilty for getting things done.
Really simple things like actually reading............USING the material in a handout. The assignments I see handed in chroncially show that people often do neither and I'm often scratching my head as why they don't.
I've taken to some different methods to try to . One assignment I go through entirely with the class--actually telling precisely what to put down on the page--and I STILL get the same assignment done wrong.
Its sometimes shocking the expectations students have contrasting with the realities of the industry and the work they put out and the level of the work they NEED to put out.
There's a urge to be very blunt at times.........and the awareness that kid-gloves are usually called for.
I cannot count the numbers of times I've wanted to swear out loud, and the numbers of fellow instructors I know that actually have.
Anyone else share these laments?
"We all grow older, we do not have to grow up"--Archie Goodwin ( 1937-1998)