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Saturday, January 27th, 2007
3:22 pm
[oldandrew]
Blog about Teaching in the UK
I hope you don't mind me providing a link to my blog here. As the latest entry describes what a lot of my students are like I thought this mught be an appropriate place.

http://infet.co.uk/blog/index.php/a/a

The RSS feed is available here:

http://syndicated.livejournal.com/battlegroundrss/
Friday, May 5th, 2006
12:54 am
[schoolme]
School Me!
School Me, the Los Angeles Times' new education blog, seeks nominations for the best student, teacher and parent blogs or websites. Cast your votes here.
Saturday, April 15th, 2006
6:40 am
[ssha]
Are We Going Too Far?
So I just heard a news report about yet another female in a teaching role (she's a TA, from what I understand, as opposed to being a full-fledged teacher, which leads me to believe she is young--20s, maybe) having a sexual relationship with a student. Not her student. Just a student at the same school where she works. This time, the 'boy' in question is a 19-year-old senior.

Discuss.

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, June 11th, 2005
1:44 pm
[calanthe_b]
Hello! I'm a contract (employed on a term-by-term basis) yr 8-10 Spanish teacher at a state high school, just joined this community a few days ago and really need to vent...

Dear students...Collapse )
Friday, May 27th, 2005
12:30 pm
[roobarb]
I've just had a class I need to moan about. Actually they are all fine except for one. She squalks! Like a giant parrott! Every last word is at top squalking volume.

It wouldn't be so bad if she actually did some work but...


boy am I glad I don't live next door to her, can you imagine a whole family like that....
Thursday, May 26th, 2005
3:02 pm
[roobarb]
Students are just *SO* embarassing
so there I am, my class (of 5 girls) all working quietly on their portfolios while I mark and type up the final sheets when we get visitors in who want to check the room (they've just bought the building and are taking over in July)

We chat about stuff and then the guy who works for college calls me out and says 'you might want to check what they are looking at,' I looked blank, 'they're looking at penises!' oops! I said 'they aren't like that normally, otherwise I'd be patrolling'

I went back in the room and pounced on them. @what do you think you are doing looking at things like that....when we have visitors in the room!'

lol

they showed me the pictures, insisted it was for biology, well it couldn't be anything else, they were deformed, burnt, pierced (more that usual). Not at all the sort of thing anyone would voluntarily look at, surely. I'm still shuddering!

In fact I'm not sure I'd have recognised them for what they were.

I think I must be very naive.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2005
11:39 pm
[jayrtfm]
Coffee
I'm a school aid/computer tech at a NYC high school.
This morning I brought in a large coffee, and left it on my desk which is in a teacher's classroom.
I left to work on a computer in the back of another classroom.
When I returned my coffee was missing. I asked the teacher, who said she had given it to a student to bring to me in the other classroom.

When I returned to check on the computer, I saw my coffee sitting on a desk in the middle of the classroom. The student hadn't bothered to hand me the coffee or even tap me on the shoulder to point it out.

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, August 12th, 2004
12:22 pm
[isidore13]
Hi!
I'm a substitute teacher, and I just had to share what happened with this young lady on Friday.

I've been to this school before, and it's one of the better ones in my district, behaviour-wise, so I walked in expecting a fairly easy, good day, which I had.

Except for this one young lady.Collapse )
Friday, December 10th, 2004
12:09 pm
[sitdownshutup]
so excited
OK, last block was a bit frustrating. I had my Composition and Communications class (which is the alternative to Advanced Comp. for the seniors), and only FIVE out of twenty of the students had their rough drafts done. I gave the ones that had theirs done ten points and sent the rest to the library to work (which I'm sure the librarians LOVED). Then proceeded to peer edit with the five that I had. If these kids don't get their papers done, they will not pass my class. I don't know if they realize that if they don't pass my class, they'll have to take it again next semester or just simply not graduate. The level of apathy is pathetic. I know a lot of those kids just want to be done so they can work in the auto shop full time, or pop out their kids and work at Burger King. How can I make this matter to them? I just don't know. Ok, is this weird or what? Last night, I got rubber-gloved. As in, when I got home, there were about 20 rubber gloves hanging on my door. I know it was kids, but I just don't get it. Does anyone see any significance in rubber gloves? The only thing I can think of is that scene where the couple is parking in Animal House.

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, December 9th, 2004
9:07 am
[sitdownshutup]
liars
Today my kids are peer editing their research papers. There are papers on the history of jeans, cocaine, music of the 90's, and Charles Manson. Should be interesting. And of course there are the 3 kids that "have theirs done" but left them at home. Whatever. Always the same three kids. They just miss out on the points. The kid that really makes me mad, though, is the one who always comes unprepared but then during conferences, he says he "turned it in." Well, then where is it? He seems like a good kid, but it's infuriating to me when he lies.

x-posted

Current Mood: frustrated
Monday, December 6th, 2004
10:28 pm
[jayrtfm]
He was listening to what!?!
I work in a NYC school that last year was reported in the papers as the "second most dangerous" in the city.**
The computer lab class rules forbid playing CD's during the time the teacher is giving a lesson, for the "not so obvious to some students" reason that it's disruptive, and prevents other students from hearing the lesson.

Today, one 17 y/o 6 foot kinda imposing boy was playing a CD in defiance of the teacher's instructions. So the teacher used that behavior as an example, and we cut the power to all the computers for the rest of the class.
The student refused to leave at the end of class without his CD, and threatened to take a computer keyboard or two if he didn't get it.
The Dean came into the classroom, and took him out.

With the students gone from the classroom I restored the power, and removed his CD.

Was it 50 Cent?
no
Was it NWA?
no
PDiddy, Tupac, 2Live, JayZ?
no.

it was "The Magical World of Disney"
I should have expected this, since the last time he got into trouble it was over listening to Barry Manalow.




**only because of a small enrolment and reporters who flunked statistics

Current Mood: uncomfortable
Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
5:42 pm
[natewillsheets]
Dear Co-Students,

PLEASE speak up when talking to the professor or answering her questions. Is it really hard to project your voice over a 6 meter area? I don't think so. What is so hard about understanding that she cannot hear you, especially since she has been saying, "WHAT? Speak up!" in response to everything you have been saying for the past 3 weeks.

It might help her to understand if you sat up somewhat and put effort into your speech, instead of being hunched over and lazy.

Your Loving Co-Student,

Nathan

Current Mood: annoyed
Saturday, September 18th, 2004
1:26 pm
[odosbucket]
Letter to a student
(Background: the upperclass peer mentor for my freshman seminar class has been emailing the class trying to arrange fun out-of-class stuff for them to do. A lot of the class is ignoring her emails, some because they just don't read their campus email, which I got on their case about the other day in class. One student, who I already don't like, sent her a rather rude email in response.)

Ok, asshat...

If you don't want to do anything outside of class and you don't care about your classmates, that's your perogative. But that is no reason to be rude to your peer mentor, who is just (a) doing her job and (b) trying to make YOUR freshman year a little bit better. And if you don't want to "check this stupid email", you have 2 options. You can (as I have told you multiple times) ask the IT staff to forward your campus email to your hotmail account. Or you can break the contract you signed when you enrolled in classes agreeing to read your campus mail, and in so doing, you can miss assignments from your professors, major campus announcements, and the like. You'll likely eventually fail something because of it, but hey, you won't have had to check this stupid email!

Or better yet, here's an idea. Go the fuck back to New York, go back to work at that great job you keep talking about, and find an amateur sports team to play for, since sports is the only damn reason you're here in the first place. If you're as unhappy as all your bitching and moaning indicates, drop out and leave us alone. If you're not that unhappy and you actually WANT a college degree, then shut the fuck up, leave your peer mentor alone, and start showing some respect. If I could, I'd fail your ass on general principle. Twit.

OK, I feel better. With that out of my system, maybe I can talk to the jerk without getting in trouble. :) Man, this is the first time I've had a student in my class that I absolutely can't stand!
Wednesday, September 8th, 2004
8:09 pm
[odosbucket]
Look, Mr. Entitlement King...
The fact that the printer in the lab isn't working does NOT give you the right to prance out of here with 3 issues of Business Week. Magazines do not circulate. No, I am NOT going to waive our policy just for you, because you need these articles to write a paper and you can't print said paper in the lab. If you are too cheap to photocopy them, too lazy to sit in the library and take notes on them, and/or too dumb to access them in the full-text databases from a working lab, that's your own problem. And if you COULD take magazines out, you would still be required to CHECK THEM OUT as with any other library materials, rather than putting them in your bookbag and STEALING them as you just attempted to do. Now shut the hell up and get out of here before I call campus police on your sorry ass.

Love,
Your Friendly (unless you try to steal from me) Librarian
Tuesday, September 7th, 2004
3:13 pm
[cyn_ful]
i have worked in the admissions office of a university for 3 years now. i have about three favorite memories, two of which happened last month.

the first involves a student wanting to FAX me their application fee. who can take a faxed money order?? please tell me this!

the next was the gentleman i spent about 10 minutes on the phone with trying to navigate our website. he then realizes that he actually needs to be logged onto the internet to find what he wants.

and the third one happened the same day as the gentleman on the website. i nearly had to leave for the day!

this lady calls me and wants to know if she can come change her voter's registration in my office. i spent 5 minutes explaining to her that she needed to contact city hall or someplace like that for registration. and no i don't keep their number handy for anyone that wants me to tell them phone numbers located in the yellow pages!

those are just a few, but there are so many more. i get to meet the students first and wonder during their entire admissions process how they are going to survive college
Thursday, September 2nd, 2004
5:48 pm
[cme2694]
gmail
Is there anyone that still needs a gmail account? Email me at Cmalnarick@gmail.com if you want one.
Wednesday, September 1st, 2004
8:43 pm
[odosbucket]
Venting
The directions state, "Enter your name and your professor's name." It's really NOT that hard. In fact, I can't state it any more plainly. See, the computer is not psychic. If you don't enter your professor's name, it has no idea who to send your quiz results to. And if you don't enter your OWN name, it has no idea who took the quiz. So all we ask is that you follow the excruciatingly simple directions. You're a college student now, surely you can handle that, right? Apparently not.

And a note to the wandering student tonight: I'm sorry to disappoint you, but there is not a computer with a giant sign over it saying "DO THE LIBRARY TUTORIAL HERE"! Apparently that is what you were looking for, since you wandered in and out of the computer room, up to each computer in the lobby, and even back in the stacks. And you still didn't ask for help - I had to ask you what you were looking for. Really, we librarians don't bite. Of course, if you had sat down and logged into one of the computers, you would have seen the big button that says Library Tutorial...

And a note to all of our students: See the bell on the desk? It's there for you to RING IT. When you can see that there is no one at the desk and that I am nowhere in sight or in the side room wolfing down my supper, don't just stand there waiting for me to telepathically know that you are standing out at the desk. RING THE DAMN BELL!!!

That's it for tonight. (Well, maybe...I'm here for another hour...)
Monday, August 23rd, 2004
11:23 am
[stuffies]
University Students Amaze me Sometimes
Hello, I am a department secretary at a major university on Philadeplhia, Pa.

I got this phone call the other day
Read more...Collapse )

I wasn't sure if I should scream or cry because this person managed to get into college!

Current Mood: working
10:20 pm
[rakosha]

you know ... i'm not a career teacher (yet -- i'm considering it, though) ... but i've just spent the last 17 1/2 months in South Korea teacher English to kiddies ...

the thing that's stood out so much for me is ... how little compassion students really have for their teachers ... i mean, they're young (well, mine are) ... and they don't really realise what a teacher's role is ... they don't get that we're human beings too, and ... that shitty thing you just said, bloody well hurts.

but ... the flipside of that is ... we (as teachers) get to dole out extra homework ... >:D

rude ... ? homework x 2.
piss me off ... ? homework x 2.
disrupt my class ... ? homework x 2.
don't do your homework ... ? homework x 2.

in terms of sucky students ... the one that comes to mind is a kid called Jon ... he's about 13 ... he almost NEVER does his homework, but when he does, gets it ALL right. if he'd just do it, he'd be SO much better off.

Ron, his friend, ALWAYS does his homework ... but gets in trouble all the time with the Academy Director for drawing all over his books ... he's 13, and he's a damn good artist, and wants to be a designer ... i say, let the kid draw -- so long as he's doing the classwork as well ...

yargh. just remembered i have to write tests for that class for tomorrow. joy. it's going to be fun, though ... most of them didn't hear me tell them it was happening ... >:D

hi. i'm Rak. and in 2 weeks, i won't be a teacher anymore. in a month ... i'm goin' home, baby.


Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
3:38 pm
[odosbucket]
This is our future?
I am a librarian and freshman professor/advisor at a small liberal arts college. This is my winning student of the week.

Now, let's suppose you were this student. You are a new freshman, and it is the Friday before classes start on Tuesday. You have somehow missed the morning placement testing (I still haven't figured out that part of the story) and you are going through financial registration and the like. You are told that attached to the documents you are about to receive, will be a card listing your appointment time and place with your advisor to register for classes. The card is not there. What do you do?

I think most of us would go ask someone, "Hey, I didn't get an appointment card. What do I do?" Not this student. She waited around all weekend for someone to call HER. At some point Monday she finally called the college. She did her placement testing Monday night. The dean's office notified me Tuesday that she was not a no-show and would be attending the college. And I still ended up having to call HER Tuesday afternoon to get her to meet me to register for classes. ARGH!!!
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