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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sometimes they just make it up
Student whining today that my class is hard also points out that “I just make up my sources for my other classes and no one cares” and that she wants to keep her GPA up. Other students note to her that it's probably not the best plan to tell the prof that you cheat.
The student in question, she says, is a 21-year-old junior or senior.
A previous note illustrated Ms. Petrina’s standards of classroom decorum:
Answered a student's cell phone that rang in my class today. Next time I will offer to text their friends.
Not entirely surprising that some students are less than enthusiastic:
Got student evaluations of my teaching back (from last semester). A lot were good. The best, though, said I needed therapy and that all my assignments come from “a dark place.”
I wish I got evaluations like that.
Ms. Petrina was a Penn Stater who got away before I could get a chance to try to hire her at The Sun — which would have been a decidedly mixed blessing for her. As it was, there was a certain bumpiness in her career before her arrival in Muncie:
The person who laid me off from my old job just saw my nice, big office. With my name on the window.
Living well remains the most satisfactory revenge.