Category: Work-Related

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I smell a rat…

Found when following up on an email received from work today: VP Michelich stated that we may be considering striving toward becoming a 4-year school and that may somehow affect what we want in our promotion requirements. HOW many times over the last ten years have I heard that GPC is not under any circumstances …

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A must-see on TV

If you didn’t see 20/20 last Friday night, with John Stossel’s report on “Stupid in America,” find a way to see it on a rerun, find someone who taped it and borrow the tape, get a tape from ABC, whatever. It is a must-see for anyone involved with the K-12 public education system as a …

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Bad timing

Am I the only one who thinks that the first day of classes for the semester is not exactly the best time for the IT folks to decide to finally deploy our new computers? The next couple of days will surely involve significant tooth-gnashing, hair-pulling, and various forms of creative profanity as I re-establish all …

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I should take this seriously???

I hate to give this former student any more time, or any more sense of his/her own self-importance, but this really is just too absurd not to share. I’m posting the whole comment just so you can get the full flavor, and decide for yourself what it says about this student… Jeez!!! She is still …

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You gotta have a sense of humor

As I was grading the last of the web projects today, I followed the link from one page to ratemyprofessors.com to see the latest slams against me (rolling eyes). As usual, they were tacky, tactless, and inadvertently very funny. One in particular complained about MY HAIRSTYLE!!! Give me a break, please — what does my …

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Not Again Already!!!

I just got the word that we are getting new office computers at the college. Great. Just peachy! Another temper tantrum as I try to get administrator rights to my own office computer. Another reconfiguration nightmare, complete with frustrated shrieks and gnashing of teeth, as I try to get all the non-standard software I depend …

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More Depressing News

My friend Laurie, part of the Georgia Computer Science Women’s Mafia, has breast cancer. It’s apparently fairly advanced. DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN. I hate it when bad things happen to people I’m fond of. In fact, it’s getting kind of scary. Dee and Susan and Becky and I will have to see what we …

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Feedback

So I’m trying to get some feedback from the current student cohort by making a questionnaire a part of the midterm. I created some more concrete questions than the standard evaluations use, and asked for some specific suggestions by using open-ended questions. It was The Offspring’s suggestion, actually, when I took him to lunch last …

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Education for Thinking????

Today’s AJC Arts & Books section contained a capsule review of Education for Thinking by Deanna Kuhn, which stated: Here’s a novel idea: Schoolchildren should be taught how to think. Inquiry and argument — not rote learning — should be at the center of education, says Kuhn. There’s just one problem. To be ultimately effective, …

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Why do I do it?

My student evaluations always suck rancid contaminated swampwater, which isn’t that surprising because I teach a difficult and a demanding subject. I gave out some extra ones this summer, a semester that I thought was going very well, to try to get my ratings up (my raises depend on them, after all). I got them …

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