Sometimes I wonder just how much our teachers care about us. I know it might sound silly, but really, this is an honest question. Do they care?
Now, I have to admit I do believe they care about us . . . personally. So maybe I need to be more specific. Do they really care if we succeed?
I have stressed out about numerous classes because I’m not entirely sure how I’m doing in the course. Knowing your academic standing is serious. Some of us might lose a scholarship over this. Some of us might not be able to come back to SNU. If we don’t know how we are doing in the class, we won’t know when or how we can improve.
If teachers were really concerned about the success of their students in their classes, they would post grades. Not only would they post grades, but they would do it quickly. How can we, as students, improve if we have no idea how we did last time, what we did wrong or how we are doing in general? Without feedback, how do we know which direction is the right direction to head?
Only two of my six classes have a Moodle page. Even then, neither of those Moodle pages have an up-to-date grade book. Actually, neither of them has anything in the grade book so far, and let me tell you, I’ve had plenty of assignments. I understand teachers have a life and other things they want to do. Sometimes they just don’t have time to grade so much homework. But I could say the same about myself. Sometimes I don’t have enough time for everything, and frankly, I never sleep. I love sleep. So why is there a double standard? Why are we expected to do everything our teachers give to us on time, and they are not expected to just keep up with it? Seriously, if you, as a teacher, do not have time to grade all the homework, don’t assign so much homework. It’s awfully simple.
And it’s not just this semester. This is the standard operating method for the classes I’ve taken at SNU. The grades are always obscurely tentative. The classes in which teachers do post grades steadfastly are the exception, not the rule. These exceptions happen to be some of my favorite classes, by the way
If teachers want to foster success in us, they would do anything within reasonable limits to promote that success, especially if it is part of their job.