Mar. 29th, 2012

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A Machiavelli quote comes to mind about it being better to be feared than loved.  Fortunately, I don't really require fear from my students (respect will do), and I am not into teaching for the adulation.  I am in it because I like to make a difference by helping people to write, argue, and express themselves better.  .

Currently, it looks like I will have about five or six students left after the rest withdraw by tonight's deadline.  Thursday is the last day to get out of English Composition with a "W," which will allow them to take another such class again.  Students will lose the money invested in paying for the course, but it is generally better than likely receiving an "F" and ruining their GPA.  At this point in the semester, I have sufficent grades and accumulated absences (which reduce grades) to advise whether passing the class with a "C" is likely. 

I've emailed people, talked to them in person, and even called to make sure they know about the deadine and their current academic status in my class.

I've written the English Composition Department head, and she fully supports me, especially since she herself failed all but nine students from a class last semester: "You're in good company for being the heir-apparent departmental meanie."  She told me to take late papers and absences seriously, and that she would back me fully.  Read more... )


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