Thursday, November 3, 2016

But "millennials" are the 'flakes....

From: WotC
To: 3 professors and a student

Dear Professor-who-teaches-am-pm-labs, Professor-who-teaches-am-lecture, Professor-who-teaches-pm-lecture, and Student.

Due to an on-going family emergency, we have made arrangements for Student to swap her lab and lecture times. There is one seat left in Professor-who-teaches-pm-lecture's lecture, so she will be joining Professor-who-teaches-pm-lecture's class at 1 PM. She will still have Professor-who-teaches-am-pm-labs, but she will now be in the AM lab.

Thank you.


From: Professor-who-teaches-pm-lecture
To: WotC

Does this mean she will be joining my lecture class?



  1. Your wombatsplaining has confused the issue further. Next time let student do the splaining.

    No, wait. The result would be the same. Flip a coin.

  2. The only possible excuse I can think of is that the professor didn't scroll down far enough on hir phone before replying.

    Of course, that's the excuse the students give (and I've found the scroll function on my own phone works just fine. Of course I don't generally check my email while also holding a coffee cup and driving. Having at least one whole hand available for the task probably helps.

    1. Even with one whole hand available, Professor-who-teaches-pm-lecture would also need to avail at least half a brain.

  3. Leaving aside the flakery of the return email, my discipline doesn't have (or at least doesn't yet have) a consensus lab schedule. Or even a consensus list of labs performed. We actually hit a very similar set of subjects to do in lab, but we use different experimental realizations to explore these ideas (like this: one proffie uses a pair of photogates to measure g in a falling experiment, I use a spark tape machine, and another uses sonic rangers).

    Which means this kind of "obvious" swap is a royal pain in the posterior. I like to refer to ideas we did in lecture during when explaining labs. I like to refer to the common experience of the lab in lecture. And that's for class where I have a distinct lab and lecture. I teach the night classes in a more studio style, with practical exercises at the bench sprinkled into the presentation of theory.

    The half-n-half student find hirself a little lost in both classrooms, poor thing.

  4. Yes, that's what it was like at 3 of the 5 places I've been, but this is 1 of the other 2. Everything is lock-step. We know exactly what everyone is doing and she's going to be fine. Good point, though. In my experience, more places are like what you describe and many are even more extreme.

  5. PS - love the art - love the orange leaves :)


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