Professors Are From Mars, Students From Venus
| Peter Klein |
My department recently hosted a workshop at which faculty and undergraduate students could exchange suggestions for improving the classroom experience. Many of the students' requests were reasonable ("start and end class on time"; "give regular feedback on student performance"; "don't assign readings that won't be used"), some weren't ("realize that we get bored easily and need to be entertained"). Faculty requested things like "come to class prepared"; "take advantage of office hours"; and "put care into your writing and speaking."
My favorite faculty comment, however, was this: "Please don't send me email saying, 'I won't be in class Tuesday; will I miss anything?'"