Posts Tagged "failure"

Student Question: “I just finished my first year. I’m not doing so hot.”

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Communicating with Professors, General | 15 comments

(Remember that low cost textbook Gates grant I wrote about a while ago? We are gearing up for a huge milestone and I’m in charge of that milestone. So, please be patient if I miss a few blog steps. In the meantime, with the timing of the term, I had planned to blog about failing grades… again. I’ve received two student e-mails recently about the topic. This one really got to me, so I’m diverting from Word. Wednesday. to feature it. I know many, many students are in this student’s same position! My hope is that many of you will comment with some supportive feedback, as well. As usual, any identifying factors have been removed). Dear...

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In Honor of my Blogoversary: My First V-Log and My Very First Post

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Communicating with Professors, General | 36 comments

(Happy Blogoversary to me… and to you! It’s been one year since The Chatty Professor began and I thought I’d celebrate with my first Vlog, and my very, very first post. Enjoy! And I can’t wait for our further conversations!)   Plead. Cry. Yell. Play victim. Apologize. After 13 years of teaching, I’ve witnessed all sorts of reactions when students learn that they aren’t getting the grade they “needed.” But this was a first: A bribe. It was almost a “good” bribe, too:  Student would babysit my kids or mow my lawn. I don’t have a lawn. I do have kids. And it is hard to find a good babysitter these...

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Why Do Some Professors Plan to Fail You? (More Search Term Fun!)

Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 in Communicating with Professors, General | 9 comments

My earlier search term post generated some incredible discussion on Twitter, so guess what? I’m going to keep going. If you missed it, click here to recap. There was more to that list… and the searchin’ only got better. So, let’s see if I can come up with some more answers: -Summer or fall for college, which is better? That depends on you and your schedule, of course! Also, if you’re just entering college, your experience is going to be very, very different during each term. I wrote about what summer school is like in this post. You have a different mixture of students and profs definitely spend less time on campus. Now this may be appealing...

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