Many thanks for the nice message. Students like you are why
I like this job...and actually most are sensible and fair and want
to learn. I consider the negative response I've been getting as an
understandable result of growing pains that will eventually pass
away with maturity.
I spotted your project in the drop box, and had fun playing
the trivial pursuit game you put together. How about your
demonstrating it in class on the last day?
> Prof. Gibson,
> I am e-mailing you just to let you know that it upsets me how so
> many of the students in Ames 5 are disrespectful and give you a hard
> time. We are here to learn and that is exactly what you are trying to
> promote. I have heard all the bitching that you have to deal with
> during class and have read all the e-mails posted on the web. I just
> think it is ridiculous and am embarrassed for us students in general.
> You don't seem to take it personally and I don't think you should.
> Apparently, most people could care less about actually learning, they
> just want to get credit for a class and do as little work as possible.
> Like most people in the class, I am taking this as a requirement towards
> my psych. major. I may never take another computer programming class,
> but that doesn't mean that I shouldn't put in the effort that is
> required for this one. I get just as frustrated as the next guy and
> spend hours in the maclab but that is to be expected. This is a college
> course and we should have to earn the credits that go along with it.
> You have been more than helpful when anyone asks questions in class
> and I have approached you before and after class and the same is true.
> I cannot even imagine how much time you spend for this class. Between
> keeping the webpage updated, creating the quizzes, writing program after
> program for lectures, reading and responding to e-mails, and looking
> over the work that we have turned in. This is all for our benefit. Yet
> students are completely selfish and complain about the work that THEY
> have to put in to the class. I realize how much you do for us and I
> wanted you to know that I appreciate it, even if no one else does.
> Thank you for putting in so much time and trying so hard to get us
> to learn despite all the negativity that has come along with it. I have
> a lot of respect for you. Sincerely,
> Jodie Fagan