- 5 years ago
I drove home today in tears. Infact, I barely got through the class I was teaching before I started crying, and I really don’t know how to procede with this problem.
I teach at the local community college and I teach a couple of dual enrollment courses as the local high school. Student evaluations were done last week and today I received an email from my boss asking her how I think she should respond to an email from thie high school. Basically, the high school said that they were concerned with my not making off full letter grades for a few very specific grammatical issues such as fragments and run on sentences and that I had apparently told my students that I do not enjoy my job and am teaching “only for right now.”
I was mortified and angry. First off, I would NEVER say I didn’t like my job, because, even if I didn’t, I am not stupid enough to tell my students and, on top of that, I actually enjoy teaching. I think my students took what I said out of context, as I had said that when I began graduate school (and college for that matter) I had never wanted to teach, but I ended up enjoying it….and one day I would love to work in publishing. So I reponded to that accusation.
As for the second, while I think the rule of taking a full letter grade off per mistake is well, a mistake, I had not taught my students the rules for fragments, etc so the first few papers I did not do that. However, after the first few papers I did go over those rules and I have been removing points for that. Sometimes I am a bit kind if the paper, aside from a mistake or two, is particular good…I would, generally, rather foster my student’s love of English and learning rather than focus purely on grammar. But, generally, I have followed the 10 point rule.
So I emailed my advisor back, explaining myself professionally and apologizing because I started applying that grammar rule later than the first paper, but I’m really upset by this issue.
I want to go and speak with my boss/head of the department. While I do not really think that I would not be allowed to teach at the high school anymore, I don’t want her viewing everythign I do with doubt. However, I feel, at the same time, that maybe I’m making this whole situation way more difficult than it is.
Should I? I’m really confused. =/
Anyone else have similar situations in their work?