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Expecting too much?

Do you ever feel as if you're expecting too much from your students?  Because the way I see it, stupidity couldn't be a problem for this many students, could it??  Are the instructions not clear enough?  Are the questions/assignments really that difficult? 

What do you do when you feel like this?


I always set the bar high. But I don't actually expect them all to reach it.
Do you ever feel as if you're expecting too much from your students?

I teach a lot of courses that teach skills along with knowledge ---ie: PR, journalism, marketing, advertising.

I tell my students that an 'A' means they are a least marginally employable. So, I use minimal professional standards to judge and grade their work. I don't think that's expecting too much. After all, they'll need to know if they have the appropriate knowledge and skills after they graduate.

The theory type courses are a little trickier and then I may adjust my expectations depending upon what I get from the majority of students.

Along with what the poster above says, it's easier to lower the bar afterward then raise it.
I agree. Most students who earn poor grades in my classes do so not because they are dumb, but because they don't prioritize my class. That's fine; they can prioritize whatever they like. It doesn't upset me. But it does upset me when students spend the semester deprioritizing my class, and then at the very end expect me to make them my top priority when they suddenly decide they aren't happy with the grades they have been earning.
Although I agree with what the other posters have said, I have noticed a core group of students who are good students in the sense that they come to all classes, read all the instructions on assignments, get started early and put a good deal of work in. Their grades are generally passing but often only just. They are also the most liely to ask about the assignment if anything isn't clear, so I don't think its lack of clarity that stands in their way either. I think they just aren't very able academically, but are motivated to get a degree to further themselves in some pratical way

March 2009

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