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Comments on: For future students: How to ask to be let into a course http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/30/for-future-students-how-to-ask-to-be-let-into-a-course/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Frothy McBaldman http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/30/for-future-students-how-to-ask-to-be-let-into-a-course/comment-page-1/#comment-466 Tue, 31 Jul 2007 18:47:43 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/30/for-future-students-how-to-ask-to-be-let-into-a-course/#comment-466 Truth be told, I’d be pleased if the writing I received in class was half as imaginative as the messages from students that want to wheedle their way in to a course. I’m new to this curriculum, and even I can discern when they’re just trying to snow me.

I seldom get the one-liners, however, so I suspect the requests I receive just come from the more ardent end of the spectrum by default. We have few transfer students, and I reckon that only about 1/6th of the requests I receive are motivated by real exigency (that a little foresight might have remedied). The other five just come from folks who want an afternoon class or fear some other prof more than they fear me.

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By: jbj http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/30/for-future-students-how-to-ask-to-be-let-into-a-course/comment-page-1/#comment-463 Tue, 31 Jul 2007 16:40:06 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/30/for-future-students-how-to-ask-to-be-let-into-a-course/#comment-463 It’s not so much that I want “impassioned pleas”–students shouldn’t beg! Rather, I’m looking for some self-awareness about the situation. Why is it that you’re in this particular situation?

You’re right: If the student’s just improvising, then that doesn’t bode well for their performance in the class. But some of our students, especially transfer students, aren’t being reckless or improvident.

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By: Frothy McBaldman http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/30/for-future-students-how-to-ask-to-be-let-into-a-course/comment-page-1/#comment-461 Tue, 31 Jul 2007 15:26:42 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/30/for-future-students-how-to-ask-to-be-let-into-a-course/#comment-461 Because I am a bastard, I have cultivated a studied indifference to even the most detailed, impassioned pleas (I really wish I could manage the same disinterest in other arenas). Some sympathetic synapse fails to fire, probably because I imagine that those students that didn’t plan ahead well enough to secure my course for their schedules are exactly the sorts of students I don’t want to have in my class. If I’m going to design a course that affords students considerable latitude and depends on their foresight and initiative, the last thing I want to do is make room for someone who’s improvising on the fly. That surely says more about me than it does about them, but it keeps me content in the classroom.

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