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  •  Almost all my students are seniors. (7+ / 0-)

    I believe if they were treated as they deserve, they would also behave as they should. By this I mean if they were in classes with appropriate enrollment limits, they would attend, interact, and grow.

    Thursday evening my class of 65 had about 30 in attendance. That section is often "light," but this was worse than usual.

    I tell them at the beginning of the semester, "you are adults, you must decide how to use your time, and I am NOT your mother, will not look for you if you are not here."

    My attitude and their apathy now match.

    My task is to get through it, grade them appropriately (fairly, equally,) and move on.

    Theirs is worse. Almost all my students are seniors. Most of them do not have jobs lined up. They carry tremendous debt, both student loans and credit cards. They do not foresee a bright future.

    I don't blame them. I hope the best for them.

    Be well, eat well, smile, laugh, and be sure to tell the ones you love just that! ~ shermanesq

    by Melanie in IA on Sat Apr 21, 2012 at 02:04:40 PM PDT

    •  Attendance. (4+ / 0-)
      90% of Life is just showing up. Woody Allen
      I actually have mostly freshmen and transfers.  My class is a seminar designed so these "lucky" 20 get in a class with a full Professor who can show them the ropes of how to be successful in college.

      {sighs}

      So 15% of the total grade is "Class Participation". "Attendance", "active involvement", "participating in in-class readings" (we read the Barton Committee hearing on global warming as a play), and "staying awake" are part of the grading rubric.

      But still I'm down to 13/20 last week and the ones who don't show up are the ones who are at risk.

      Your attitude about not being their Mother is the right one, but I'm confused as to why they are wasting their time, your time and their parent's money.

      The Muslim said "I wished I had met Christ before I met the Christians" - Rev. Marvin Winins

      by captainlaser on Sat Apr 21, 2012 at 02:37:11 PM PDT

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      •  It confuses me, too. (4+ / 0-)
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        It is not a waste of my time (other than answering emails from those who don't attend...) I will be there either way. But it certainly is a waste of their time and money!

        Be well, eat well, smile, laugh, and be sure to tell the ones you love just that! ~ shermanesq

        by Melanie in IA on Sat Apr 21, 2012 at 02:44:29 PM PDT

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      •  I read a college survey not long ago (2+ / 0-)
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        that said most college students feel they deserve at least a B in the course for reading the assigned reading list and/or showing up.

        If I were teaching college I think the first thing I would say on the first day of class is:  "You get the grade that you earn.  If you come to my office afterwards and try to negotiate or grade grub, I will guarantee you the grade will only get worse."

        I'm not sure when students came to view their grades as something to be haggled over, but it must have been after 1979.

        "By your late thirties the ground has begun to grow hard. It grows harder and harder until the day that it admits you.” Thomas McGuane, Nobody's Angel

        by Keith930 on Sat Apr 21, 2012 at 08:09:53 PM PDT

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