Friday, December 28, 2012

Consider The Students


I get why the college had to make up the days missed due to the hurricane and, using weekends might have been the best way to do this, but, no one bothered to think about the students who attend these classes.

Teachers had a choice.  They could have assigned extra work, or extended other classes until the time was made up if they did not want to extend the semester.  The students had to do whatever their teacher decided.  Many junior college students work weekends and cannot take off.  Bosses don't want to understand the need to be in school when it is one week before Christmas and cash registers need to be manned.  Nursing home supervisors need their patients to be taken care of.  Students have weddings and other events to attend, events that cannot be canceled and have been in the works for months.

I was one of the teachers that decided to hold class on the weekend.  Giving extra work or extending classes seemed like a waste of time to me.  But, now that I did it, I don't know if I chose wisely. While most of my students attended, I had several who could just not be there.  They lost out by missing some new material taught and general review.

I don't know if there is a better way to make up the time, but if this ever happens again, the kids must be taken into account and I will survey the students before making my decision.


ChiTown Girl said...

No matter which way you chose to go, there would have been some issues for some of your students. But, I think the survey will be great for next time. Could you have offered an option to those who couldn't make it to class to just do the extra work?

Pissedoffteacher said...

There was no penalty for them missing and they had all the work in advance. They just needed to be in class to go over it. One class had many weak students.

Shireen Dadmehr said...

Hi PO. Have fun in Texas for your upcoming wedding. There's a great Hike and Bike trail downtown Austin if you want to see the river and people. You could go into the Whole Foods on Lamar and 6th and park and have lunch and then hike south a few blocks to the Trail.

Pissedoffteacher said...

We'll mostjy be in Houaton with one night in San Antonio. Next trip will include Austin.