This post gives lots of good advice… read it —
Go do it.. I’ll wait…
Really only one thing is different — I didn’t e-mail you the syllabus. That’s because I often change it right up until the last-minute, so I don’t want versions of the class schedule out there — BUT — the class schedule is available on D2L, so make sure you know when the important dates are.
A few things I’d have added..
The dates on the class schedule refer to due dates — those are days when I expect you to have the work completed. If you’re in a class that meets in-person (I do have a few of those every year 🙂 ) — the material there is going to be the subject of our in-class discussions. When I figure out what to talk about on that day, I look at the class schedule, so you should too.
If you miss a class, get the notes from a classmate. I don’t usually lecture from notes, they’re in my head — I’ve been doing this for a long time — I was in grad school for even longer — it’s what I know. If you ask me for my lecture notes, you’ll be disappointed because I’ll hand you a cryptic post-it note with a couple of sentences on it — at most.
I have a lot of students — and 5 classes to juggle… so, if you ask me a question that’s covered by the class schedule, course document, or syllabus I’ll tell you to look there and ask me if you need clarification. I may say something that contradicts those documents — and if I do, the resolution will be found there. I’m a big believer in following my own syllabus/class document/class schedule — so, there you have it.
Likewise, because I have a lot of students I don’t need you to call or e-mail me if you’re going to miss class. If you happen to get me in my office, I’ll tell you to talk to me when you get back to class — and if I happen to answer your e-mail about that, I’ll tell you the same thing. We can deal with those kinds of issues when your problem is resolved.
Overall, my goal is to teach you some philosophy — and to do so with a sense of humor, compassion, respect, and a general drive to push my students intellectually. my courses are designed with this goal in mind. Sometimes that will make it seem as if I’m being a hard-ass, but it’s really for your own good. I also believe that failure is a teaching tool — the last one I prefer to use, but if I have to fail you I will..
So, let’s have a great semester and — go back and read Dr. Amelia’s post — it’s a good one.