(Closed) To all the teacher bees- Vent

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think the scary part is they’re in college, haha Tongue out

I have heard similiar stories from coworkers who teach evening courses, though.

Post # 4
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Well, at least DH’s students are expected to be smart mouthed idiots from time to time, since they are middle schoolers. I would be FURIOUS if I was dealing with college level students who couldn’t compose an email with proper grammer and a little respect.

Post # 5
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

@divergirl: For the student that asked, “When is ____. get back to me asap thanks” I would sit on that one for a few days if you could. Is it something that you already gave her? If so, I would totally write back that the information can be found ____. Take that!

Post # 6
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

They’re still kids, and that’s what they do. Push buttons.

I spend 5 years teaching writing at a tier 1 research university in the southest, and my 8th graders here in NJ are much better writers. Funny.

Post # 7
1882 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I work at a university and you would be shocked at the emails I recieve from faculty. Like my subject will be “Meeting December 13th” and they’ll write back in all caps WHEN IS THE MEETING????? I hate that. i don’t even answer them anymore when they write me stupid emails.

Post # 8
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@divergirl – your post made me chuckle, not because I laugh at your frustration but rather because I feel your pain Smile.  At least they are emails so you can re-read your responses before you send them off!  Sigh, students.  And they get worse as the holidays get closer. Good luck!  

Post # 10
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am a student, and some of my classmates send out mass e-mails (to everyone in the class and probably to the professor too) saying “When is this due?” or “What did we do today in class?” Sometimes I reply back, “READ THE SYLLABUS!” (But I’m not the teacher so it’s ok for me to be snotty…hehe). It drives me nuts– I get at least one of these e-mails a day. And every single question could be answered by looking at the syllabus.

Post # 11
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

UGH I feel you!

I teach an anatomy class and the students had their first bell-ringer EVER and afterwards they swarmed me saying that it is completely unfair that they only get a minute to answer the 2 questions at the station. 

I told them that students have been doing bell-ringers for YEARS and always get the same amount of time. And at the same token I told them when I took the EXACT same course 7 years ago I got a minute.

Yet they still believe it is unfair and that they should get more time.

The sense of entitlement kills me!

Post # 12
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Jeesh, I thought it was bad when my 6th graders didn’t read directions.  Hopefully more teachers do like I do. . . I make it a point to teach them common sense. . . which will hopefully pay off for teachers who have to teach those same students in middle school, high school, or college.

Example:  We have a spelling test every week.  Every week the spelling test gets put in the “Spelling Slot” when they are finished. 
Every week a student asks me, “Where do I put my test?” 
My answer, “It’s a Spelling Test.  Where do you think it goes?” 
Their answer, (sheepishly and embarrassed) “The Spelling Slot?” 
My answer, “Uh, yeah.” 
Usually they know the answer, but they just want verification.  Once they learn to trust their own instincts they stop leaning on me to tell them every step to take 😉

Post # 13
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I teach university-level students too.  I get the same types of e-mails and questions too! It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one!

Post # 14
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@divergirl: I’ve had profs tell the class at the beginning (during “Syllabus Week”) that they will not answer emails that do not include proper grammer. Then I’ve gotten emails from my advisor that had “!!!” at the end, I really wanted to fix it in my reply.

Post # 15
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

You should start compiling all the ridiculous emails and make an addendum to your syllabus. Entitle it: “The Art of Communicating with Your Professor — A How Not To Guide”

Post # 16
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I teach high school and I hear you!  The part that gets me is how casual they are.  They think they can ask anything at anytime without thinking about whether they should even be asking a question in the first place.  I never emailed my professors and if I had asked a stupid question I would have been mortified.  Not these students!  

There is so much more I could say, but I’ll just leave it at that…

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