I have been grading two sets of papers for each class, while I sneezed, coughed, and swallowed. Some of my students need to take this class again. Should I let a student pass who has definitely failed 91 (the first remedial) because 92 will be a repeat of the material?

I blame my incompetence. I do not have the experience to know how to motivate my students, to push them to learn, or to bitch slap them enough for the information to sink in. I do not have the little easy to understand practices that tie together with all we do and they can build on until they are competent. My book is a garbled collection of bullshit which hold no firm grip on coherence. Jumping from spelling to parts of speech to word choice to sentence structure. It is maddening.

I am trying to learn and adapt. I wish my students were also.


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0 Responses to Ignorance?

  1. bradimusprime says:

    You can’t push people who aren’t willing to learn. As for the material, it does sound as if there is a serious organizational matter at hand. Just hang in there, and you’ll get some people who are willing to better themselves. (BTW, MP: Echoes rules!)

  2. mealymel says:

    Oh, honey. You may have a challenge on your hands, but don’t use the asshole’s credo (“it’s me and not you”) as an excuse. Are they working hard to learn? If not, then it’s not all you, although I can see how difficult it can be to teach the way you are expected to teach (and with that material). Are you going to teach next semester? Mel

  3. arglor says:

    [quote:d8cdc6f4da=”mealymel”]Are you going to teach next semester? [/quote:d8cdc6f4da] Wow thats a question i want to hear the answer to. Are you going to teach at that college again? I hope so, because barring all the complaints about the students, you genuinly seem to enjoy teaching.