What does your syllabus say about you and your course?
My God, this woman thinks we're all rainbow unicorns with unlimited perkiness. What flying saucer did she land from?
So I'll see whether I can answer some of her questions.
How would you characterize the tone of your syllabus? There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class. Here's the information, fools, and you can expect to work damned hard for your grades. Oh, and that national trend that 40% of all grades are "A"? It doesn't apply here; my most common grade is a C, just as God intended.
Does your syllabus convey the excitement, intrigue and wonder that’s inherently a part of the content you teach? Few of you will have the capacity to appreciate the exact art and creative science of potion-making. I can teach you to bewilder the mind, ensnare the senses, and even put a stopper in death -- if you're not as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.
Does your syllabus indicate that all the decisions about the course have been made? Um, who's the one who knows what they're talking about here? I thought so.
Have you ever asked students for feedback on your syllabus?...inquire why so many students don’t read their syllabi, and if you’re really daring find out if they have or haven’t read the syllabus in your course and ask why. I know why: because they're lazy fucksticks. The ones who aren't, have RTFS.
Her final line:
Have you ever thought about creating a syllabus that invites students to a learning event they just might want to attend? What would that syllabus look like? How different would it be from the syllabi you’re polishing and posting for this Fall?
If my students have any interest in my subject, and are willing to work, I won't have to give them an engraved invitation on the first day. They'll get the excitement from the way I present the material and the questions I ask them to think about.
Fuckin' A. Every damned thing has to be more entertaining than Halo now, doesn't it?