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  •  "Scholarly opinion" --I guess those (4.00)
    of us teaching at the university level just spent all those years of our educational prep gathering opinions....I had a (very nice) master's level student say to me last year, "I don't like reading long things, so I tend to just pick out the short articles and read them...Is that a problem?"  

    Ya think?!!

    ...the White House will be adorned by a downright moron...H.L. Mencken

    by bibble on Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 05:33:42 AM PST

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    •  Reading (4.00)
      I understand that many of the texts we professors select aren't "exciting" and don't keep people enthralled.  But there's a serious aversion to reading, and people read incredibly poorly.  I have heard so many students say "he just kept repeating himself" (they seem unable to recognize the idea of "presenting evidence" for one's point) or "she seems to be showing off how much he knows."  Um, yeah--writing is about demonstrating knowledge, and making an argument, and presenting evidence...and, well, students, get the fuck over yourselves and learn to read.

      Just wait until the Drambuie and sleeping pills kick in.

      by MAJeff on Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 07:35:01 AM PST

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      •  Yup.... (none)
        after (supposedly) reading a chapter on the scientific method, with reference to the citations (again, Masters level, and supposedly have picked a field to study because it interests them--as in, they've chosen a career path): "Who is this guy Popper, and why do all these guys keep referring to each other in the chapter--seems like they're just trying to build each other up...".  
           So I explained the principle behind giving the original proponant of an idea credit for the idea, rather than citing it as your own....Surprised looks all around, lightbulbs going off....Unbelievable (and this is at Case Western, not Evangelical Ed Community College).

        ...the White House will be adorned by a downright moron...H.L. Mencken

        by bibble on Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 07:44:20 AM PST

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      •  close to home (none)
        One of the weirdest occasionally recurring comments I get on my teaching evaluations is something like "he just stands up in front of the class and tries to show off how much he knows."

        Where did I miss the directive that conveying knowledge isn't part of my job description?  I do like to integrate knowledge from many different fields in my class; but when I say "interesting point.  That sounds like a social psychological theory known as 'optimal distinctiveness, which means. . .'" they often interpret that as "ooh, look at the big words I know," when in fact it's just my naive adherence to the idea that I might get one of them excited about learning something new.

        •  my FAVORITE evaluation comment (none)
          Aside from the student who wrote "Jeff is the man!" was this:

          He's more interested in showing off how much he knows then in teaching.

          One of my teacher friends, after hearing this, said, "You're goddamn right I'm up there showing off what I know.  I didn't spend all this fucking time getting this degree to hide it!"

          Just wait until the Drambuie and sleeping pills kick in.

          by MAJeff on Wed Mar 30, 2005 at 05:59:28 AM PST

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