Quote from angel337
this happened to me in one of my nursing classes. and to prove that it wasn't her fault, our instructor had us match her lecture notes to the test and sure enough, she did her part. i think only 2 people got a passing grade, but it taught the rest of us to just study harder. your situation could be different, but i doubt your instructor gave a test that he/she thought was unfair.
See, that's the problem with teaching...instructors never
think the problem is them, ever!
Teaching is so much more than getting in front of a room and spatting off a bunch of facts. If that were the case, they would be able to train anyone to do the job in a few months.
Teaching is A SKILL, and sadly, I would say about half of those in the profession do not posess that skill. Just because a professor had a 4.0 in college doesn't mean they know how to communicate any of that knowledge to another breathing soul...all it means is that they are an intellligent person and great at taking tests and have the right degree.
Teaching is coming to class fully prepared, having an ORGANIZED lecture, being able to read the class, knowing which parts of the course are more difficult and being able to communicate that to the class, and TEACH THEM how they can go home and learn the material, and if they are having troube learning it, teaching them to REFINE their abilities.
I am so sick and tired, of instructors that are staying in the education profession that have absolutely no business being there. If you hate your job, get out. If you don't like the pay, get out. If you feel you have to abuse your students to get your daily ego trip, get out. If you don't like the school administration, get out. It's like any other job...you don't have to stay there and make everyone else miserable because you are!
Deans and administrators also need to get off their hiney's and figure out what is going on in the classroom. If you have a teacher that is consistently having the majority of the students fail a class or do poorly, you need to find a replacement for that instructor. If a nursing program is losing more than half it's students before graduation, find another Director.
How hard can it be?
Don't take it out on those that you are getting PAID to teach...teaching ISN'T A ONE-WAY STREET!
Teaching, regardless of what level, seems to be the one job, where you can function with the least amount of supervision, do the least amount of work, and can go for years not going your job, before anyone holds you accountable.
This is NOT directed toward the ones that make an effort to do their job and do their job well.
Competent teachers is by far, my single most hot-button topic :angryfire . They are getting paid pretty good salaries considering most college-level professors don't even work 40 hours a week. Ever tried to find one after 2:00 in the afternoon? They all disappear.