Teacher Lady's Friday Fun Corner!
Today is just a bunch of random questions and if anyone can answer them, I will . . . what is a good prize . . . I will . . . send you a lifetime supply of free condoms and "condom demonstration models"? (aka, plastic penises). No, I think the department would probably notice if that box of 100 "condom demonstration models" went missing . . . Well, maybe that's the first question someone can answer for me . . .what is a good prize here in the blogosphere?
Ready? Ready to participate in Friday Fun Corner with no payoff for you? Thought so. Okay, kiddies, strap on your thinking caps and away we go!!!! (Hint: Today's secret phrase is: Teacher Lady watches too much TV (no cable in the new place) and spends too much time in her car listening to crappy music because her CD player is broken!)
Why in the hell is Justin Timberlake famous? That song "Sexy Back" sounds like it is
whined sung by a woman.
Why are the shows According to Jim and King of Queens not just on television but in syndication???? I don't need to see either of those shows ever, and certainly not 3 times a day. Plus, there's nothing that irks me more than a show based on the premise of a swarthy, sweaty, hairy "big lug with a heart of gold" married to a woman who looks like Courtney Thorne Smith. Yes, I'm talking about you, Jim Belushi! (Also, I find it interesting that Thorne tripped the spellcheck, but Belushi did not.) Way to give average Joes WAY unrealistic expectations. When women run the world, I would like to see a television show based on a married couple where the woman looks like Roseanne, pre "crazy-plastic surgery addiction" and the husband looks like Brad Pitt. Sound ridiculous and implausible? I think yes. Will we ever see that? I think no. If we ever do see that, that's when I'll say loud and proud, "We've come a loooong way, baby!!"
Why do college students (oh, boy, here we go - buckle up, campers, it's gonna be a bumpy ride!) wear pajamas as clothing? Not care if when together in large groups they look like "The Great Unwashed"? Text message in class as if no one can see them? (I've addressed this one before, but I still don't understand it) Not "clean up after themselves"?! Yesterday, in an effort to embrace a more "laid-back" spirit in the classroom (really, for my sake - not for theirs. I do NOT want to be the youngest woman in history to have a frustration-caused stroke), I observed a seasoned colleague who also teaches a section of the human sex course. Maybe because of the time of day, nearly every student was sucking down some kind of beverage - mostly coffee, but there were a few cans of Rock Star here and there. After class was over, I stayed behind to ask my friend a few questions about her teaching methods. As a stood at the front of the room and surveyed it, I felt like I was looking at a commercial sponsored by a "Save the Earth" type organization. Every aisle was (literally) littered with empty coffee cups, soda cans and empty Gatorade bottles. Believe me, I can understand leaving things behind - sometimes I think my nickname should be Forgetful Jones - but did they all forget? It was very disheartening to see. In many ways, even more disheartening than some of their papers. Which brings me to . . .
What the hell are they teaching those kids in grammar school? Middle school? High school? Believe me, I am NOT ragging on teachers. My mother is an English teacher and I can't imagine how she did her job for as long as she did. And I also get (believe me, I REALLY get) feeling like the students are so far gone that it's too late to try to help them with their writing at whatever point they're at. But still. I will try to post some examples later today.
Why does "advocate for students" seem to mean "at the expense of faculty's power and esteem?" And, are we really helping our students in the end? Our department chair has been celebrated as someone who "really cares about the students" and is "a great advocate for students." But, if every time they make a mistake, we pat them on the head, tell them it's okay, we'll fix it, give them a cookie and send them on their merry way, what are they learning? If they're not adults (which I've been told, in the past month, repeatedly that they are not, and it's our job to support the "growth process"), how is never letting them feel any consequences for their "mistakes" (legitimate) or "wrongdoings" (aka "cheating") helping them? 'Cause lemme tell ya, I will NEVER again make the "mistake" of not posting a sign on the door of a classroom even if the room change took place six months before the start of the semester. I got bitch-slapped because of something I did, and although it was bitter medicine, I had to choke it down and - to repeat myself, I will never make the same mistake again. What are we teaching these "kids" when we let them make up a midterm, final, paper, when we forgive plaigarism or cheating because they "just didn't know?" Personally, I don't think we're teaching them anything - or at least not anything good, and it scares the crap out of me.
I patiently await your brilliant, impressive answers, Internetweb people. Thank you.
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