I have really high expectations of my students. I find that students rise to them.
I hold myself to even higher expectations and I never ask them to do anything that i am not willing to do myself.
If students demonstrate that they are willing to try, I will do everything i can to support their success. Effort counts, however, it should be “hard” to get an A.
I get frustrated by a student that:
- doesn’t read instructions (minimum participation gets you a C – NOT an A) ¡duh!
- is not willing to try (refuses to do activities, or thinks that discussion is just 20% of the grade, so he doesn’t have to do it -and he can still get a B)
- feels entitled (i always get A’s, but this course is too hard – is too much work – takes too much time – the implication being that it is my fault she is not getting an A) srsly?!?
- doesn’t seem to understand that she earns her own grades (wants an A, but is not willing to do what it take so get one)
- compares course workload with other courses (“but, all i have to do in my other summer course is write a paper and do some discussion…”)
The unspoken contract that i make with students is that if you want to learn, i will help you.
If not, you are wasting my time and that pisses me off.