College Math Teaching

December 20, 2013

Semester grades are out…

Filed under: editorial — Tags: — collegemathteaching @ 7:50 pm

Cue e-mail messages saying “professor, I’d like to meet you over semester break to “discuss” my grade.”

Cue my answer:


I do tell them I’d be happy to meet with them at the start of the next semester to SEE their final exam…I’ll even give them a copy. I’ll be happy to discuss how they can improve their performances and to enhance their mastery of the material.

And yes, I give them their test averages prior to the final exam so they can check to see if I have the grades recorded correctly.

But the reality is that many have no interest in improving their performance; they merely want a higher evaluation given to their current performance.

That is human nature, I think. Fair evaluation of one’s performance can be painful…for ALL of us.


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