How you answer these questions?

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by kitkat, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. kitkat

    kitkat New Member

    What will you do if you are met with opposition by your students?

    How are you going to handle difficult students?
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    A time honored technique - Ninjas ;)
  3. KariS

    KariS New Member


    But, the real question is: if you apply stringent grading requirements to your stidents, will the administration back you up?
  4. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    Of course, Kari is right. I've called off the Ninjas (for now).
  5. marf1273

    marf1273 New Member

    A teacher needs to stretch his patience as much as possible so I would take a deep breath first and then meet with the students after class to discuss their stand. If they continue to be rude after that, that will be the time I will talk the issue with the administration. The next step would be to talk to their parents.
  6. Princeofska

    Princeofska New Member

    I can't remember if this is they hiring questions for UoP or for DeVry.... they were both so long ago... Really, I was under the impression they would accept anything creative that didn't involve crazy. ie: tell the kid to shut the heck up...
  7. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator

    I have never had admin not back me up on grading. What is opposition mean? Someone that does not want to do their work or someone that is a mence to the class?
  8. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    Same here....I'm tough, but very fair. I can easily explain my rationale for any grade I've ever issued, although I've never been asked to do that, so far.
  9. AuditGuy

    AuditGuy Member

    my 2 cents

    "What will you do if you are met with opposition by your students?"

    "Opposition" I have encountered:

    1. Dislike of the grade I assigned them (1 assignment or semester grade)
    2. Student unwillingness to complete work and wanting exceptions
    3. Accusations of instructor inflexibility dealing with student personal issues (think of handing in an assignment 3 weeks late due to the death of 4 grandmas and a beloved pet)
    4. Enforcement of academic dishonesty policy.

    What I do and how I answer this question is that I set expectations early in the class and have students sign off on the syllabus that they have read it and understand all course policies.

    So for example, late assignments accepted up to 2 days late at a reduced rate, no exceptions.

    Clear rubrics for discussion boards and major assignments.

    Any personal situations have to be communicated when they happen via an email or phone call (30 seconds of effort), not after 2 weeks of missing assignments.

    Cheating - I adhere to the appropriate university policy. When there is none or it is vague, I give the student the option of (A) taking zeroes (which usually include the discussion for the week, as well as ALL assignments for that week) or if they disagree with my assessment, (B) I can write it up as a formal academic dishonesty charge, send it to the chair and we can have a phone conference to discuss.
  10. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    Grades- Amen. It took me about 10 years to get really good at it. Also, my syllabus is so freakin rock solid that there is no question of administration backing me up. I think any instructor will verify this- but a good syllabus results from years of opposition lol. Really, as you encounter situations, you just come up with a solution in advance of the next semester.
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  11. greenfin1

    greenfin1 New Member

    i'll Properly DIscuss with them one by one and try to solve the issues, if the issue remains i'll call off the Ninja :D

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