He told me that they were upset because it was so expensive to copy them all because there were so many due to the large writing and slides (that were actually few and far between) that were meant to be humorous. He asked me to do something about that. I explained that if they looked at the slides, they could skip the humorous ones, and I have to write large so everybody can see them from the back of the room. He retorted that he didn’t care, he just didn’t want to hear any more complaints
The plan backfired, spectacularly, as the next thing I heard was a chorus from several students saying loudly, “DO MINE NEXT!!!”
It’s a fantasy to say that I am a good teacher, or that I will be able to teach them anything. I can’t, because the choice isn’t mine. The students, themselves, have to decide if they want to learn.
Science builds on itself, so if you don’t understand this chapter, you won’t understand the next, but this can also be crippling to a professor.
My students, on my first year, loved “tattling” on me. When word reached the president’s ear, he would (privately) ask his wife, and she backed me up every time. It’s probably what got me through the first year.
I can honestly look at somebody nowadays, and say, “oh, it’s an old teaching injury”. I mean, seriously, how many people can say that?
if they show those personal proclivities, the students will probably pick up on it. If a teacher doesn’t like chemistry, and if they show this preference when they teach it the students will learn not to like it.
I did my best while I was teaching and now it is in somebody else’s hands. I just closed my school email for the very last time, and frankly, I won’t be returning to the classroom.
Teaching is a difficult job (as many parents are learning this year) with many hours of preparation time, grading, and behind-the-scenes work just for the fifty minutes a class in front of the students. But try not doing that; the students will call you on it if you fall behind in grading or aren’t prepared for the lecture,
My friend is at a point in his career where he is wondering whether or not to gear his career towards administration. He asked me for advice, and the reality is that, I can’t give any. It’s such a personal question and depends so completely on personal interests and goals.