My Summer as a Bad Student

My Summer as a Bad Student 1

Natalya Balnova for The Chronicle Review

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Natalya Balnova for The Chronicle Review

We all complain about our weak students—their slacking off during group work; their bizarre inability to comprehend simple directions; their disorganization; their need to tell us how smart they really are, despite appearances; the way they sometimes put their heads down on their desks.

Imagine my dismay when I enrolled in summer school and found myself exhibiting most of those behaviors. Returning to the classroom as a student after working as a