- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
I’ve always been an “A” student, and I’ve always loved school and learning (okay so maybe I’m a nerd). I had to take a few years off before graduate school due to money issues, but now I’m thrilled to be back in school!
I’ve taken only three courses so far in my Special Ed. Master’s program, since I work full time and I am also taking BCBA courses on top of it. The first two were reasonable – they required a lot of reading and work, but nothing I couldn’t handle while also working full time. I felt like I learned a lot from these classes and was not terrible stressed (except for exam time!).
This class I am in now.. I can’t stand it. SO MUCH WORK. I just can’t keep up!! It’s affecting my other class (my BCBA class), and my work responsibilities just trying to keep up with the work assignments in this one class…
Tell me if this seems excessive…
* Each week, we are required to read 200-300 pages AND submit notes on the reading. There are two text books, and there is a LOT of overlap between the texts, so a lot of the reading seems redundant and unecessary.
* He gives pop “quizes” about every third week (which are more like tests, because they require a 2-page essay, and take up about an hour of class).
* Every week, we are required to respond online to a discussion board. He posts two questions, that we have to write a 2-5 paragraph response to (including page citations from the readings), AND another 2-5 paragraph response to another student’s post (also including page citations), for a total of four mini-essays. It’s often difficult to respond to the other students’ posts just because we all basically write the same thing, or the other students’ responses are incomprehensible and don’t make any sense! It takes SO much time trying to read the other responses to find one that makes enough sense and includes something I didn’t already write about just so I can write a reply.
* We also have a novel to read and write ~10-12 pages of notes, PLUS another ~10-12 pages of “reflections” where we apply the information in the novel to the roles of a special education teacher.
* Every week, a student is responsible for presenting a reading chapter to the class. This includes a PowerPoint Presentation, a “study guide” to print and hand out to the class, 15 minutes presenting the information in the chapter, and another 15 minutes of facilitated class discussion. My problem with this is… how do you have students who don’t truly know the material TEACH other students the material???
It’s infuriating… I have worked in applied behavior analysis for six years and am currently enrolled in the BCBA coursework (to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst), and I wanted to rip my hair out of my head during the chapter on ABA because the student presenting was presenting false information and making things up ABA… and the professor SAID NOTHING TO CORRECT HER.
* Plus, there will be a take-home final exam. Who knows what that will be like.
The professor barely teachers. Each 3 hour lecture includes mostly student-led presentations on each of the numerous chapters we had to read, and then the professor follows up with a couple little points or notes about the chapter to sum up and pretend he taught us something.
Anyway, I just needed to rant. This class is killing me. I’ve been so grateful for all the snow days we’ve had off work, just so that I have a chance to try to keep up with the workload for this ONE class. 🙁
Anyone else ever had a class like this??