REMEMBER…WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY!
I’m proud to say that I am not guilty of any of these:
1. You have no clue what they are saying
Apparently in the US, speaking English is not always a requirement for teaching classes at 4-year universities- at least sometimes it seems that way, and this is especially true of science or math based classes. That really makes things difficult since occupations with a background in STEM education are supposed to be the future of our country.
Just because your professor knows their subject of expertise doesn’t mean they are talented at communicating their knowledge. Surprisingly, many professors may have no formal training in teaching at all.
Let’s be real: If you have to spend half the class deciphering what the hell he’s saying, your professor probably sucks.
2. They are condescending
It shouldn’t cost you thousands of dollars a year to listen to a one-way monologue with a bad attitude. Being condescending just makes us less interested in your class, what do you expect?
Students are paying to learn, so professors should be encouraging our questions, not be bothered by them. Questions are a sign that we are actually investing in the class- but if you want we can keep paying you just to stand there and keep talking at us.
3. They are always showing off
4. They play favorites
You know you’ve seen this before. You’re sitting there, waiting to talk to the professor during his office hours, and that girl with double D’s who never shows up to class just got the extra help that you needed. In their defense, many of these girls have mastered the art of cute-crying during finals week so well, they may not even realize they are doing it anymore.
Professors should already be used to this though. If a professor can’t balance their time to help out everyone, that’s a sign that they might suck.
5. Their notes come straight from the textbook publisher
Professor Pro Tip: If you want to be a professor without preparing at all for your class, just teach off the publishers slides.
Unfortunately this “Pro Tip” can be flat out awful for students. Being a professional educator comes with a commitment to improve your curriculum and teaching methods, not just recite the same lesson year after year. Your department has access to course materials that are supposed to serve as a guide for professors to build upon, NOT as the only teaching materials they use. It’s not the students fault the professor isn’t focusing on their main job… you know teaching?
6. They barely have office hours
7. Their research sucks/is lame
Research: The ultimate fallback for a lame prof.
If your professor doesn’t seem very invested in your class, then at the very least they should be leading relevant research for your department and for the greater benefit of humanity in general. However, if your professor has never mentioned his own research during class hours, or hasn’t found a way to help students understand it, then you likely have a professor that isn’t even passionate about what they are doing.
8. They purposefully try to fail everyone
Grades are supposed to be a measure of student achievement, not a way for professors to brag about how hard they are or prove their toughness to the rest of their department. Sadly, many professors believe in only giving out a finite number of A’s, no matter how well the class does. That is like academic communism.
Contrary to what most professors believe, having an extremely low class average usually doesn’t mean you are that rigorous of a teacher, or that your students will be the next Einsteins- it usually just means that you suck.
As the Spring 2014 semester has come to an end, it is always a bittersweet feeling as I say goodbye to my students. In my 15 years of teaching, this Multimedia Production course is by far and away my favorite and most rewarding. One of my students came up to me the last day of class to thank me for a wonderful semester. She said “I’m sure you know you’re really good at what you do.” I told her “Yes, I know…but it’s more important that you know that.” Since the majority of the students are seniors, they can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Most of them realize just how important it is to have these multimedia skills when they enter the job market. I always make sure that they know my responsibility to them does not end when the course is over. They are always free to contact me as often as they would like for advice, professional development or a recommendation.
Below are just a few postings from their last class blog:
“I must say that I really loved this class. I came in with a lot of video knowledge, having done these projects before and having a lot of experience with Final Cur Pro. Despite how prepared I was I must say that I learned a lot from Jay and was very pleased to have a patient professor who taught us not only how to edit but why we have to set up a project in a certain way and why we export in a certain format. In all my film school classes I don’t think any of my teachers taught me what a codec was. I just took the information for what it was and ran with it. I feel more confident with my skills now that I have gone through this course and I am excited to finally have a basic understanding of Photoshop!
All in all this was a very FUN, INTERESTING and EXCITING course for me. It was always a pleasure to be in class, even on lecture days. Jay was an amazing teacher and an inspiration through his knowledge, stories and belief in us that we could all do the projects he assigned. His patience and fairness was really what made this class a winner for me. So, thank you Jay!”
“As I wrap all my assignments and finals up this last week of school, I have had a moment to reflect on my growth as a journalist and reporter over the semester. Out of all of my courses, I thought Multimedia Production was going to be my easiest course. Although it was my favorite course, it was the most demanding and time-consuming. The assignments were fun to do and caused me to gain a lot of experience and knowledge, but it required a lot of hard work. At the beginning, I didn’t understand the objective of the projects. Why would I need to know how to use an edit in Photoshop and iMovie if I plan to report in front of a camera? I want to be the talent, not behind the scenes. As the semester progressed, I realized that the more you know, the better. It differentiates you from others in this competitive industry. Everything has a purpose and is a piece of a building block of a much larger structure to your future. I honestly feel like this course has benefited me the most out of all my courses here at FIU. I plan on using my projects as demos when applying for future work in my field; and I thank Professor Sandhouse for that. I appreciate his belief in my work; and in me. I look forward to graduating in August and whats to come of my long journey in the world of journalism.”
“As I sit back and reflect upon this semester as it pertains to this course, I can say that I have many fond memories. Let me start by saying, thank you for all that you have taught me this semester. When I came into this class I had photography, Adobe Photoshop and imovie knowledge, but that was it. I now leave with much more than what I came in with. I had never heard of audacity, nor had I ever recorded a voice commercial before. That was fun; although, I have to tell you that I still hate the sound of my voice when recorded. The Chroma-Key project; although, it was a long process to get to the finish line, I enjoyed it to the fullest! I had never used Final-cut prior to you teaching it to me and well, I’m not an expert at it now, but I sure know a lot about the way it works and how to put projects together, which made it easier to put the last project together. The hands-on experiences you allowed us to have are so much more valuable than any book experiences we could have had. Thank you for being there every step of the way to assist us all! I will carry my new -found knowledge with me through the rest of my multimedia classes. See you around campus!!!!”
“It has been a long, long semester, filled with trying times and sleepless nights. Five days from now, I will be free as a bird, but for now, concentration is key if I’m planning on getting my desired grades. Now, as a junior, I’ve taken my fair share of classes, whether at BBC, MMC, or online. There are many classes that I instantly forget even taking the second I walk out of the final exam.
Multimedia Production is not one of those classes.
I’m usually a strong advocate for dozing off whenever lectures are going to be given; I’m a hands-on kind of person, it’s just what I do. However, this was one class in which the lectures were actually engaging enough to attract and maintain my attention and facilitate actual learning. REAL LIFE LEARNING! This is especially worth mentioning considering the fact that I was already pretty comfortable with video editing prior to first setting foot in the class. I learned quite a bit regarding the industry in terms of radio and broadcast television, as well as how to add another software suite to my repertoire of knowledge. I said it in the beginning of the class and I’ll say it again now; I’ve always fully believed in the vast power of multimedia and its ability to convince an audience to do as little as buy a can of soda to stage a full-scale revolution. I’ll also repeat my beliefs on our beloved professor. Sandhouse is a fantastic last name and should go down in the list of action hero greats, right up there with ‘Steel’ and ‘Explosion’. He has been nothing but fair when it comes to teaching and grading assignments, and his valuable input on every one of our assignments has taken us to new heights of accomplishment. It’s been an incredible ride this semester, and my only regret is that it has to come to an end.”
PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS. THE MENTION IN THE ARTICLE DOESN’T HURT EITHER!
By Andy Fillmore
Published: Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10:15 p.m.
OCALA — Runners fanned out across southeast Ocala well before dawn Saturday, walking, jogging and running in a show of support for the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and two Ocala residents entered in the 2014 running of the iconic event on Monday.
The display of solidarity with fellow runners included contributions to the One Fund Boston made through a virtual running website by many of the participants.
“We’re all runners,” said Amy Sampson, 41, as she strode down Southeast Lake Weir Avenue as part of the group of 41 participants aged 14 to 67 from several runners’ clubs and independent runners who set out to cover distances from three to 13-plus miles.
Lisa Iketani, 50, entrant number 21702, and Chuck Trombly, 54, number 14822, both of Ocala, are entered to run in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday.
Iketani and Trombly were represented by stick figures affectionately held by fellow runners at a gathering before the run, which included a runner’s prayer by Teresa Billingsley.
The two Ocala runners arrived in Boston Saturday morning.
“About 36,000 are expected to run Monday. My personal goal is about three hours, 20 minutes for the marathon,” said Trombly, principal of Sunrise Elementary, in a phone interview along with Iketani from Boston Saturday afternoon.
Iketani said security in Boston appeared to be “a good job.”
“It doesn’t seem tense. It’s friendly,” said Iketani, a physical education teacher with Marion Virtual School of the Marion County school system.
Trombly said a “welcoming environment” surrounded pre-marathon memorials and an event for those who were stopped “at 25.7 miles last year,” which he estimated at about 5,000 runners.
Angela Danford, one of the Ocala event organizers, ran with her daughter Katrina Danford, 20, and husband Andrew Danford.
“Andrew and I are planning on running in the Boston Marathon in 2015,” Angela Danford said in a later phone interview.
Angel Craig, who also helped put together the morning run, said her brother was running in a similar supportive event in Atlanta on Saturday.
Robin Hastad, another organizer, was accompanied by her daughter Kristyne and son Wayne.
Sage Guerrant, 14, the youngest Ocala entrant, was running in her first 10K event, while Holly Alexander, 67, a retired microbiologist and triathlete from Citrus County, planned to run at least nine miles Saturday. Alexander regularly competes in high endurance and Olympic distance events and will compete in a half-marathon Sunday in Clermont.
Runner Jay Sandhouse, 56, drove from Coral Springs to join the Ocala run. David Keene brought along his dog Zephyr.
Many of the runners wore flashing lights for safety while Sachiko Leon wore a Tracer 360 with shoulder light tubes and a large back-mounted light, which made her visible to vehicular traffic.
Participant Judy Slack made T-shirts for several runners highlighting the group’s support for Boston.
Dave Fechtman said the about 6.2 miles he covered Saturday consisted of “13,107 steps,” according to an electronic counter he wore.
Additional participants included Crystal Watkins, Mary Ponder, Dr. Scott Goldstein, Sharon Rudder, Jennifer Gilman, Donita Hearns and Clyde Williams.
A number of the participants in Saturday’s event also entered the We Stand for Boston Virtual Run on the Will Run for Bling and Charity website (www.willrunforbling.com ), a site that conducts virtual race events and provides “bling” or commemorative medals for entrants.
“We’ve have a picture of an Ocala group on our Facebook page. Florida and Georgia had the most entrants, with Texas third. We had entrants from Germany, Canada and Great Britain. Over 1,000 have entered (to date) ,” said Regina Jackson with Will Run for Bling and Charity.
The website organizers will contribute to the One Fund Boston from the entry fees, which are listed on the website as $25 per runner early entry and $30 after March 15.
The entry fee includes a We Stand with Boston medal. A second round has been set up, due to response, Jackson said.