Friday, September 26, 2008

Good morning, Sunshine!

Attitudey e-mail from a student greeted me at 6:30 am. That's what I get for rolling over and immediately checking it on BlackBerry. I'll be grading all morning, but I'll check in when I need a (procrastination) break.

Oh, and guess what? I READ last night! Not a lot, but any little bit counts.

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  1. Peter is a college math professor, and he tells me about some of the attitudey emails he gets. I could never be a teacher. I have little patience and a thin skin. Bad combo. I admire you both!

    Lezlie

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  2. Yeah, I've had some that infuriated me. I just wonder where on earth they get the nerve to say some of the things they do. But, thankfully, those have been few and far between in my experience--there are always those students that make up for the rudeness.

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  3. Peter suspects much of it lies in the culture of entitlement we seem to have fostered. They paid their tutition, therefore they should get the grade they want, etc. You're right though. They are thankfully in the minority, and there are far more students that make him very proud to be a teacher.

    Lezlie

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  4. Lezlie, I would agree with that. There's very much an attitude of "I pay your salary so..." It makes my skin crawl. There was a political movement in NC to make community college free, and while it sounds good in theory (on some levels), I was rather terrified that it would breed that same sense of entitlement. Like a grown up high school!

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  5. If an e-mail from a student arrives that early, you can bet it was written the night before after a few pints.

    I try to be nice to all my supervisors, honest. Not least because they seem to be so much cleverer than me.

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  6. I hope your day gets better!

    And yay for a little bit of reading time. :)

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  7. You took down a post on politics, didn't you? Please tell me I'm not hallucinating because the damn doctor still hasn't called in my drugs and I'm dying, here.

    I just wanted to drop by to tell you my insane eldest child is in Oxford, MS for the debate. He got all excited because traffic on the highway was held up to let Obama's entourage pass everyone else. Who gets excited about having to stop and wait for someone to pass? He's a nut.

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  8. Pssst, sorry about the email. What a lousy thing to wake up to. You should reply with a note telling him/her where to locate a copy of that book I recently reviewed -- the one that tells people how to write an email.

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  9. Yes, any little bit counts! Sorry about the attitudey e-mail :/ I completely agree with you and Lezlie about the sense of entitlement some students have.

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  10. I love the term attitudey email - I hadn't thought of calling them that before! I have just finished marking some assignments so I have had a few attitudey emails from students over the past couple of weeks. I was starting to get very stressed about it all but I am really just trying to not care now. We'll see how that goes!
    Happy reading!

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  11. LOL, Stu! I can only hope this one had had a few drinks to blame this on.

    Eva, no dice on the getting better, unfortunately.

    LOL, Nancy! I did take it down because I was just in no mood (I'll explain why in a post in a few mins). And LOL re: your son's reaction. I probably would've been REALLY excited, too! Oh, and that's a good idea to give her the e-mail book!

    It's a shame isn't it, Nymeth? Oh well, at least they're few and far between.

    I hear ya, Karen. My skin has gotten significantly thicker in the last couple of years, so it doesn't bother me nearly as much as it used to. Most of the time it's just a sense of "what were they thinking?"

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