Just looking for some opinions and advice on how to handle this instructor. I'm sorry in advance this is a looooong post.
My class is currently stuck with an instructor who basically doesn't teach. We are five weeks into the semester and we've had one lecture that consisted of her just reading her outline aloud (which was basically just bullet points, not detailed at all), another lecture that had us working in groups but with very little direction so was a complete waste of time, another that we watched a video in, and then she had STUDENTS teach a concept to the class.
It's frustrating because I've had to approach this whole class as if it's independent learning. I bought an extra 6 books so that I could supplement my knowledge and learn things on my own. But then when I have questions or don't understand something, I ask them in class and I'm told "you're trying to be too detailed" or "you don't need to know that". But I'm someone who wants to UNDERSTAND concepts, to truly see how the pieces go together, not just memorize random facts. And she just won't ever tell us the "why" or the "how" of these disease processes, so it's very difficult to reach that level of understanding.
And in addition to that, we have no syllabus of reading assignments for the semester. She basically said she didn't want us to read ahead, so she sends out reading assigments only days before class or sometimes even the night before class. That doesn't give me enough time to get it done! I need a full week's notice to properly get my reading done. She can't work the computer half the time in class, so we don't get to see the powerpoints she apparently has. AND we had a test a week ago and guess what her method of distributing the grades was? We had to wait in line outside her office to get them one by one. That wouldn't have been so bad if she would have just simply handed us our grade and moved on, but she met with each student (of 50 students) for anywhere from 5-20 minutes. Some students said it took so long because she hadn't finished grading their test so they had to sit there and wait while she graded it. AND she is handing back an essay as well that we each have to re-write and is due next week, so we really needed to meet with her to get our essay so we knew what corrections to make. I was in line for an hour and a half to receive my test grade and essay (which made me late for work) when she walked out of her office saying she had to leave (for a hair appointment!!).
I guess my frustration just reached it's peak at that moment because I basically said to her that I didn't think it was appropriate to have us waiting for an hour and a half to receive these things, and then just to tell us that she had to leave and we'd have to come back later to get our grades and essays. Especially since I live 80 miles away and won't be on campus until the next class! I said that I think it's unfair some students had received their test/essays whereas others would have to wait until another day. If you're going to distribute test results or an assignment, everyone should have the right to receive it at the same time! Not wait another day! I just don't understand why this couldn't have been done in a more efficient manner.
She wasn't understanding at all, she just talked about how our class gets too stressed out and how she bends over backward for us (which is just crazy). She got very defensive, I really don't think she has a clue how disappointed people are with her class. So I just said that we were all stressed due to the long wait and I knew she had to leave so it wasn't a good time to talk, but I really wanted to sit down and talk with her at a more appropriate time to voice my concerns. She basically just shrugged and handed me my test score and essay. I left and burst into tears shortly thereafter.
Now I'm beyond stressed because I feel like I'm on her "list" because I ticked her off by saying something (and she already doesn't like me because I ask questions in class), but I really don't want to get off on a bad foot with her. If I can make it through this, I graduate in May. I don't want to rock the boat. I just don't see how a teacher can be this disorganized and NOT TEACH!
All I want is a syllabus, a reading assignment, an instructor who teaches and allows us to ask questions, and for my test to be handed back in a timely manner. Is that too much to ask of an instructor??