Thursday, October 14, 2010
I Don't Want To Be An Alarmist, But This Is the Kind of Shit That Is Ruining Everything.
I don't have a problem with that at all, and in fact have often done this informally with younger faculty over the years.
That's not the problem. Here's the problem.
#1 on the observation "checklist," the item that gets scored by my observer and sent to the Dean's office to go on my permanent record says this:
"Instructor used humor and a lively presentation method to elicit student attention."
Listen, I'll use humor if and when I want. I'll be lively when it's appropriate. And I don't give a shit if students pay attention or not. They pay their tuition and they occasionally arrive in class. I'm not going to dance and yuk it up for them, and I don't want to be EVALUATED on whether I can make like Dane Cook or not.
Fucking fucking fucking place.