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Well, the students actually laughed at the "facepaw" image I posted about their quiz scores.

Until, of course, they saw their quizzes. Then the whining... oh, Lord, the whining.

Student1: Hey, this comment wasn't nice.
Me: What comment?
St1: You wrote "Sadly, no" on my quiz.
Me: Well, you were wrong, and that should make you sad.
St2: Okay, that probably isn't a word.
Me: (Looking at the quiz) No, "couka" is not a word.
St2: But if it was a word, it would have that sound in it.
Me: If I wanted words in useless, made up languages, I would have had you give me examples in Klingon.
St3: This isn't funny.
Me: What isn't funny?
St3: The comment you wrote on my quiz.
Me: Read it out loud.
St3: "For future reference, when you take a quiz, you should use a pencil. There is so much stuff blacked out and scratched over here that it looks like a classified document."
*The class laughs*
St3: That's just mean. And I can't help it.
Me: Yes, you can. USE A PENCIL.
St4: When you use all capital letters, it feels like you're yelling at us.
Me: That's because when I use capital letters, I *AM* yelling at you.
St5: So this quiz was so bad, it won't count.
Me: Alas, no.
St6: How about extra credit?
Me: That's not happening either.
St7: We can re-take it, right? I need to re-take this.
Me: That's adorable.
St7: So, I can do that?
Me: Oh, no, not at all. I just think it's adorable that you believe you deserve a do-over on information that you've had an entire month to learn.
St7: How am I supposed to get an A in this class?
St8: Yeah, I thought this class would be a blow-off.
Me: You want an A? Earn it. Moving on...

From there, by request, I did a review of the vowel sounds.

Then we talked about next week's recording, Hiawatha. They all get a piece of it then they have to find photos that match the themes and turn it into a video. After that, I take all the videos and edit them together, which we'll watch in class.

This poem has such radically unfamiliar language in it, that they're already a little scared of it.

Finally, we did this week's recordings: various early American speeches. The words "tumultuous" and "bequeathed" seemed to be giving people fits. I'll see when I correct them on Monday. (I didn't have time today.)

Date: 2013-10-05 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] porn-this-way.livejournal.com
Omg I love your responses so hard. And ye gods, I wish public education weren't set up to manufacture self entitled idiots who feel like they can do no wrong and and that they deserve good grades just for showing up and breathing.

Date: 2013-10-05 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oxymoron67.livejournal.com
I actually had a student once who told me that she deserved a B or better because she paid for the class out of her own pocket.

I told her that, if she wanted a good grade, she needed to turn in more than one third of the homework.

Date: 2013-10-05 04:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] michikatinski.livejournal.com
LOL. Your students are precious.

Date: 2013-10-05 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oxymoron67.livejournal.com
Aren't they? I wonder sometimes if this works in other classes. I mean, it MUST have worked somewhere... or they wouldn't be doing it, right?

It doesn't work on me, though.

Date: 2013-10-05 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] michikatinski.livejournal.com
I'm afraid a number of your colleagues may be pushovers.

I wasn't a pushover, either. A couple of my students hated my guts as a result.

Date: 2013-10-05 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
Classic, absolutely classic! I love your responses.

I can generally be a straight A student when I apply myself. I only complained about a test once. Poor teacher was inundated by the class. I went back to college 5 years ago after thirteen years away. The class in question was a web related class. When I actually apply myself and believe I nailed something....seeing a 67 on the test is going to throw me for a loop.

The teachers 'student assistant' graded. If I deserve a 67, then I deserve it, but if I have the exact same answer as the person next to me on a question and I got 0 and they got 5 pts, somethings wrong, especially when it's the right one. I also had the highest grade in the class. Craziness, but I ended up with a 90 something after the re-grade.

First and only time something like that has happened and as a class, we bonded!

Date: 2013-10-05 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oxymoron67.livejournal.com
Yes, that's awful.

I am always willing to check: I may gave made a mistake. I certainly have in the past.

And I'll happily answer any questions my students have, BUT... damn. This quiz was a hot mess.

Date: 2013-10-06 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-kosmos.livejournal.com
Studens ca be so cute. So: would you de-friend me if I mentioned that I hate Hiawatha (and Evangeline)? Although to my defense, I was traumatized by Longfellow in 7th grade.

Date: 2013-10-09 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oxymoron67.livejournal.com
Of course not. I use it because it's long enough that I can split it up into separate parts and then edit them together.

Date: 2013-10-06 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heartlines.livejournal.com
LOL they sound more like highschool students than college students.
Grow up, kids :)

Date: 2013-10-07 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] poinsley.livejournal.com
Oh man, if I were allowed to have such conversations with my students.

Though I have told my geometry students that if they don't memorize their vocab and postulates, etc, they will not pass. I don't think they believe me. I don't think they really want to prove me right, though I imagine some will.

I had a student tell her father she didn't know what to study for a test she was given a study guide for. That was the test just with different problems. Yeah. And he called to complain about that.

Date: 2013-10-07 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greyduck.livejournal.com
"I thought this class would be a blow-off."

"No, an oral sex competition would be a blow-off. This is a study course in a classroom."

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