Sorry everyone… it has been a busy little while here in my world.
(before you ask, yes it is blue here in my world. Everyone is friendly too)
so, sorry to have been away, I know that all 5 of you are distraught over my lack of posting these long weeks!
Things have been crazy! I was hired to teach at a new school, so there has been training, and new classes to learn and conference calls to attend.
I am still busy as a beaver, as a new term at KU started this week as well. My first seminar was last night, and I was *on*. Do you ever have those days? I know that all the teachers will understand this..
teaching is a bit like stand-up comedy… it is part entertainment, and part trying to pry their little heads open and pour in the subject matter. Disturbingly, it seems to me that more and more students want the material spoon-fed to them.
Let me give one example: A student is having trouble opening Word 2007 documents. I tell her that she can go to Microsoft.com and find a converter that will allow her to use her old version to read the new ones. Easy enough right?
Throughout the day, she posts two messages in the course, two emails and then IM’s me after seminar to ask about this converter. On AIM, as well as one email she expressly asks me to “look it up for her and send her the link and info”. I tell her in the email response to look on MS.com or “google it”. I know it is there, I have seen it. Used it on an older computer when it first came out. I KNOW it exists and is easy to find.
So, she IM’s me after class to ask me to find it for her again. I ask her if she has even looked for it. She says no.
So I tell her again to look for it herself…. but I can literally “feel” through the IM that she is just not sure she can do this… I mean… look what I am asking her to do! Google! READ! DOWNLOAD! ALL BY HERSELF! oh no! Too much, too hard! Do. it. for. me.
I refused. I told her to google some key words like converter and word…I told her that if she looked, and still had issues, that I would help her. BUT only after she tried to do it on her own.
she left me with a long pause and then… “ok, I’ll try. But you will help me if I can’t do it, right?”
email. from student X.
I take a deep breath and open it.
“Dr. Alex, I found the converter, and it works perfectly!!!! You rock”
Why is it that I have more confidence in them than they do?
I think this fear and coddling and handholding has something to do with it. Add in the helicopter parenting, and you have a generation of ‘kids’ sho have absolutely no confidence in themselves to fend for themselves.
I am addicted to this new website… free range kids. See it here
Read the comments… they will FLOOR you…
like the guy who cannot be the Sunday School teacher anymore, because he bandaged up a skinned knee, complete with a hug, and the parents are now convinced he is a pedophile… or the sister who believes that her brother-in-law was ‘grooming’ her son as a future victim because he gave his nephew a set of tools.
Seriously… where is the common sense? And anyone who knows me, knows that I don’t have much… I might be book-smart, but I didn’t start generating any street smarts or common sense till I was 25.
So for me to say that there is a lack of common sense… well…
it is a sad state of affairs!