Sunday, January 18, 2009

One Week Down

My first week of classes this semester was revealing. Both classes meet during the day, instead of for 3 hours one evening a week. I'd forgotten how short one 55 minute class seems. It is unsettling to go to work, then to class, and then back to work, especially since this is peak season at the office. The classes have between 40-70 students each. They are mixed classes of undergrads and grads, a first for me since I started my master's degree. I was amazed and horrified to watch my classmates texting during class. I am embarrassed for them that they think this behavior is acceptable. And do they really think the professor doesn't see them?

The biggest difference between these classes and the ones I've been taking for the last year and a half is that these are science classes, as opposed to education classes. Clearly that is what's been wrong with my classes thus far. This feels so much more RIGHT.

5 comments:

Smellyann said...

Texting in class? OMG! How rude!!

Electronic Goose said...

Texting seems to be another example of students being disrespectful.

Btw, I'm glad you found a Jhumpa Lahiri book and hope you're enjoying it. She's wonderful!

Mom to Baby J said...

My friend had a similar experience with the texting. She's taking an undergrad class at a local college and couldn't believe the kids were all on their phones during class. How quickly the times change...

BerryBird said...

I have heard a lot of bad things about education classes over the years. I'm glad you are getting to take a few good courses before you finish.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Education classes can be VERY SUCKY but science classes, with a decent teacher, are really interesting--hope the teachers are good and that you enjoy it.

and those kids testing--what asses! Unless, of course, they are taking NOTES, LOL!