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Nov. 20th, 2007


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I suggest we rename this community lazy_teachers.  All in favor, say aye

Apr. 15th, 2007

evil genius


Bow down to your new co-maintainer!

Oh, the power! I don't know if I can handle it! This is so exciting! Gratuitous exclamation points!

Tell me, underlings (and co-maintainers), whatever should I do with my power?


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I have been removed as maintainer of this community. It seems I cannot handle the power

Apr. 12th, 2007


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hey! I'm the moderator of this community. I had all this power and I didn't know it. I think I will ban everyone.

Aug. 16th, 2006



Ugh. The language, it hurts.

I just read this line in one of my student's final exam answers:
"For example, Mamet's thematical issue talks about consequences people feel about issues."
No, the "issue" doesn't talk about anything. For that matter, neither does the play, nor even Mamet himself. But more importantly, what the hell does this mean, anyway?
The essay did not get any better.

Jun. 1st, 2006




I am a graduate student and I need help!
This graduate school thing is a trip. I mean, come on, none of my professors - NOT ONE! - used an anthology. Full text for everything, baby! And with 2 classes a week, plus all the grading I have to do for my Freshman "Didn't get prepared in high school" Composition class, I had such a hard time getting all the reading done. (Sure, I brought some of it to my poetry slams, and even won a round for reading aloud from my professor's book on alterity and contemporary Latina poetry that she made us read for her class! Who knew scholarship could be useful?)
Anyway, I took incompletes on my 2 classes this past spring - "Children's Literature" and "Race/Class/Gender: Which is the Bigger Fraud?" - and now I have to turn in the seminar papers!
The thing is, my advisor is a real bitch. A fascist, and not in the hip way we all wanted to be in high school. Like, seriously nazi-bitch. And she totally won't let me have the rest of the summer. The professors for the classes don't seem to care, but my advisor keeps telling me that she can't accept me into the PhD program in the fall without completed seminar papers.
Look, if I'm going to be there anyway, why the rush? It's not like I'm going anywhere.
If anyone has useful seminar papers, could I please just borrow them? My advisor wants them all in next week, and I'm totally fucked!
Please help me. If I can't begin the PhD program, I don't know how I'll ever finish graduate school, and this is the most important thing in my life (outside of my poetry slamming, my growing independant-barrista career, and snuggling with my sweetie after a long day hanging out in front of the library).

May. 20th, 2006

unknown circus


Does the OED come in mp3?

SparkNotes, which appear to be the same as CliffNotes, are now available as audiobooks.

Because life is too short to have to read anything, ever.

May. 18th, 2006


From an Evaluation

Question: How would you change or improve the course?
Answer: Assume we know less than we do and assume we easily forget things.

enough said.

May. 17th, 2006



Today's final exam

So I gave the final exam today.
It was scheduled for 2 hours.
Not one student stayed for the full 2 hours.
Not one student stayed for even 1 hour.
4 students left after 20 minutes.
Halfway done grading, and I'm really disappointed so far. I have yet to read an exam where the student spent any time in developing an idea or citing the text, despite the exam being open-book.

May. 16th, 2006



gift advice

Hi, There is this really great prof who taught me for ten minutes. I thought it would be nice to show my appreciation. I was just wondering what kind of gift is appropriate for me to give him? I was thinking of getting him this really neat Dining table and chairs from Ikea... do you think that would be too much? How about a couple of shirts? Should I just send a card? If I send a card, I thought maybe it would be a nice touch if I include a signed and witnessed declaration that I will donate a kidney to him should he ever need it.

I don't want him to think I'm sucking up to him just because I will be taking three of his papers next semester and I need to improve my grades.

Has anyone else ever been in this situation and what did you do? Did you write "love" and "xxx" after your name in the card or would that be too informal?

Thanks, Bubbles.

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