Monday, April 02, 2007

They've stopped caring too

In one of my classes today, a girl answered a question with straight jibberish. Not words, just a collection of "um, well, yeah, blah" or something like that. But she did it with convincing intonation, as if she were constructing a real sentence.

The professor looked at her for a minute, and then said "yeah, that's right..." and continued with the lecture. Proof positive that just as you aren't paying attention to your professors, they aren't paying attention to you.



At 8:08 AM, April 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm pretty sure my torts prof has given up on us entirely. At the beginning of the semester he would send out emails all the time, and he wondered why more of us weren't going to his office hours and asking him questions. Now he keeps dismissing class ten minutes early and the emails have stopped.

At 10:04 AM, April 03, 2007, Blogger ScottyB said...

This actually makes a lot of sense, what with Texas dropping so far in the US News rankings and all.

At 5:47 PM, April 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know. The last week it seems like our whole section came out of torpor or something -- all of a sudden everyone's got something to say. The same thing happened at the end of last semester. Wild guess is that everyone finally feels like they're getting a grasp on the material, so they feel confident speaking up.

At 7:29 PM, April 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, anonymous 2, they've realized that there is only a month of classes left and they need to score some points in the 'class participation' category.

At 10:29 AM, April 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Class participation doesn't exist in the land of "anonymous grading" right?


At 2:55 PM, April 05, 2007, Anonymous anonymous 2 said...

Grades aren't anonymous, exam scoring is. Think about it. Many profs still have participation points / bump-ups / etc., and they can all see your grades after-the-fact.

Regardless, in response to anonymous 3 (?), people are piping up more in the classes without participation grades, and the same thing happened last semester. I really do think that the false-expertise theory is the best explanation.


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