There’s also been a bit of drama with school. In my linguistics class I’ve been arguing with my professor about some of the answers on quizzes. It isn’t really getting me anywhere but I at least want to make a good argument. I’ve decided to step it up and start actually asking for points back because the subtle approach has not been working.
Several of the students in my linguistics class have decided the professor is trying to fail everyone so they are taking it to the dean. I’m not sure that is the right approach. I’m sitting back and waiting.
I sent off three questions to my creative writing teacher. One was for clarification on the comments she made on my paper – not saying she was wrong just looking for clarification. One was asking about her grading scale. One was a question on the next assignment. Now I will concede that these were all in one day but I tend to ask things when I come across them. It just so happened that I came across all of them at once.
The professor was quite snarky about my questions. Her attitude seemed to be “don’t question me”. She insulted my ability to write which was very hurtful to me. I know I’m a good writer and a good editor but for someone in that position to be so condescending it does make me question.
I felt slapped. I know that may sound harsh but if I can’t ask questions – particularly on the comments on my papers – then how am I going to learn? I don’t know. I guess then it just becomes her opinion which I can quite easily dismiss if I don’t agree with her.
I’m disappointed with my creative writing class. I was looking forward to some new and fun projects to expand my thinking and my abilities but I’ve got three books that don’t really help. One of them I had to buy so now it is mine which after this class I will never open again.
To me if you are teaching a writing class then the writing should be out there for discussion. Here is my sample of work – how can it be made better. We had a sample poem we had to edit but she never commented on the editing we did. My question (which I’m not allowed to ask) is did I edit it the way she wanted? What was she actually looking for? There were some general comments but she couldn’t be bothered to comment on all the postings.
I guess I’ll chalk this up to experience and make sure I do not take any more classes that she teaches. I’ll also think twice before I take more classes. If the teachers here aren’t able to help me grow then I need to go elsewhere so that I can expand my knowledge and my abilities.