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 on: Today at 08:57:53 pm 
Started by mtnlover - Last post by kaysixteen
One more thing-- regarding curving a test, how exactly does one decide how to do this, and what methodology to use to create the curve, if one does not simply want to add x number of points to every student's test grade? 

 on: Today at 08:20:01 pm 
Started by mtnlover - Last post by threepoint14
This is silly. Clearly they haven't learned about proper "bait and switch" techniques, which can enable a fair grade distribution and evaluation scores to be proud of.

First exam: Representative of course expectations.
Second exam: Hard enough to scare them and to motivate the laggards to drop.
Third exam (before evals): Slightly easier, although not unrepresentative of expectations. Easy enough that the remaining students (who will evaluate you) feel like they've made progress and acknowledge this in your evals. Returned promptly on the next day of class after it was taken.
Final exam: Reasonable, but also hard enough that if they complain about their course grades you can point to the final grade and generous curve, and say "well, you did get a 60% on the final, but I applied a curve, so a C seemed appropriate".  


 on: Today at 07:40:29 pm 
Started by Ginger_sheep - Last post by systeme_d_
I think you should do two things in your very brief email.

First, you should say that you are glad the reporter got the science right, and that you do not have to contact the newspaper to request substantial corrections in this respect.

Second, you should then note that the journalist and the newspaper appear to have been overly proud that a citizen of their nation was a part of this outstanding research team, and that they have inflated your role at the expense of others because of this nationalist sentiment.   Apologize briefly and sincerely, and then move on.  

Congratulations on the positive press your team's work is getting!

 on: Today at 07:37:24 pm 
Started by mtnlover - Last post by fishbrains
Shooting out A's from T-shirt guns is taken seriously at my CC. Instructors/professors who fail to maintain some semblance of academic rigor are a menace, devalue the degree, bring doubt to our transfer schools, and just suck in general. They don't  earn tenure here, and this is communicated pretty clearly early in their careers.

Another line of thought: What do you think is going to happen once these folks think they don't really have to answer to anyone any more (and, yes, they are already thinking this way)?

I also have to say that our more-serious students will complain about this kind of behavior, especially the better students. Easy "A" instructors generally don't receive glowing evals, and students will often say, "Got an 'A'; didn't learn crap."  They know missing the material now is going to come back and bite them at some point.

Again, I'm talking medium-sized CC here, so results may vary.

Of course, these professors could be the teachers of the century and know something the rest of us don't . . .

 on: Today at 07:32:50 pm 
Started by cg_npar - Last post by prisonerofcanada
Yes, at least at my school, there were quite a few pension forms to fill out and sign. I'd been there 10 years so the amount in my pension was substantial. I was also leaving the country, so had to find out the rules about that.

 on: Today at 07:31:54 pm 
Started by kaysixteen - Last post by stillerzulie
The situation in this thread is really common for many of us teaching in higher education. For years, I resisted implementing activities that I thought were juvenile. I knew that as a college student I would have been truly offended by reading quizzes or quiz games--I would likely have dropped a course if the professor did anything that flat-out ridiculous.

Of course, I am not my students. Over the years, I have learned that lesson over and over. When I implemented online reading quizzes, I was sure students would resent them. Instead, they love that I "give them lots of chances to earn points." And the Jeopardy game I do for the final exam review is something they truly enjoy. I wouldn't do that regularly, but for the final exam, it lets us end the term on a really upbeat, calming note.

Professional development opportunities are useful because you can learn more about the ways other professors reach the students at your particular school. As noted above, you never have to use any of the ideas presented, but it can be useful to get a sense of what types of activities your students are doing in their other classes.

Best of luck with it, kaysixteen. I think teaching is a great gig, but I also find it incredibly frustrating at times.

 on: Today at 07:31:43 pm 
Started by mtnlover - Last post by writingprof
We have several TT faculty that seem to give A's to 95% of students. Their course evals are of course great. Has anyone dealt with this from a TT aspect? The dept. chair doesn't care but the committee wondered about the grades all being so high.

Who are "we" and "the committee"?  I assume you mean the Tenure and Promotion Committee.  If that's the case, I think it's very likely that the practices you describe will change once tenure is granted.  Assistant professors don't report to the Tenure and Promotion Committee pre-tenure, on a year-to-year basis.  They report to department chairs and deans--the sort of people who are much more likely than your committee to see high evaluations and ask no questions (or to see low ones, ask no questions, and end careers).  There's no solution other than to hire only professors who can get high evaluations while also grading honestly.  Good luck!

 on: Today at 07:31:38 pm 
Started by cg_npar - Last post by cg_npar
Thanks for all the input.

No, I do not have students to take care of.  If there is no need to deal with the HR, I will be thrilled because they are not as friendly as when I came. The calls and emails are drowned nowhere.

prisonerofcanada,  from what you are saying, there are forms to fill out because I have to get the benefits taken care of as well.

 on: Today at 07:25:14 pm 
Started by javajay - Last post by writingprof
I like to use this time to tell all but my preferred candidate things that will dissuade them from accepting the position.  Works every time.

 on: Today at 07:24:35 pm 
Started by kunsthistorikerin - Last post by mtnlover
Not if you want him to be successful

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