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Mom22ns last won the day on April 4 2013

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  1. I'm sorry that you're having to deal with so much right now Jenny, but I'm glad you made the decision to give yourself a little space. Take care of you first. School can wait.
  2. I stared back this week. I am teaching one online class and one T/TH class, then I'm taking a Shakespeare class and a Linguistics class. I think the workload looks really good and it should be a great semester, except that on top of that I'm taking comprehensive exams in October and my Degree paper also has to be in about the same time. I've been working on studying and writing all summer, so I'm in reasonable shape, but I'm guessing September and October are going to be pretty stressful as I try to finish those things.
  3. From the perspective of someone who has taught both, they each have their own advantage. Complete College America is an organization (funded by a grant from the Gates Foundation) that is lobbying heavily for colleges to switch to the corequisite model. The reason is that it speeds completion. For students who are up to that, it can work. However, if a student is weak in a subject (typically math or writing) and has to take a corequisite class, they are suddenly thrown into 5-6 hours of a subject that is weak for them and that can be really rough. The English department where I am offers both and prerequisite is far more popular. Both have very high success rates. I think a student that goes through the prerequisite is more likely to come out well prepared for future classes, but either one can work.
  4. Oh that's bizarre! I just went to work on the BB site for an online class I'm teaching in the fall and it was GONE! I'd already set it up. There was more to do, but the site just totally disappeared. I'm so annoyed. I know these things happen, but while you are in an active class? That is a nightmare! I hope it all works out ok!
  5. This is us exactly. Neither of us has gifts as a love language. We don't buy them or give them to each other for any occasion. We do buy things for each other, but not as gifts and not for "occasions".
  6. Jenny you are on a role! Congrats on the job offer and I hope you love the extra class and it helps you make the decision about continuing on.
  7. What kind of change are you considering? You've peaked my curiosity 🙂
  8. I'm only taking two classes in the fall: Shakespeare and Linguistics. I'm pretty meh about both. This summer I'm working on my degree paper and I'll probably have to finish that in the fall. I also have comprehensive exams in the fall and just typing those words leaves me completely stressed out! What about everyone else?
  9. What are you taking? Are you excited? What else is happening next semester that you are looking forward to or dreading?
  10. Oh, that sounds wonderful Jenny! Are you sure you want to resist? I totally understand trying to limit the investment. i'm doing the same, but if you found the perfect degree program and the price is right... Sorry, I'm not helping am I!
  11. That really isn't typical. As someone who teaches Writing I at a state U, I can tell you that only a few of my students come in with this kind of writing history and they are typically from either urban or rural schools. Most of my students can turn out a 3-5 page paper without blinking an eye because they're used to doing LOTS of them. Some have done a couple of 8-10 page papers per year the last couple of years of high school (in addition to LOTS of essays). To get an idea of what you're preparing for, I assign 5 papers in Eng110. They range from a project proposal w/ annotated bibliography and a 3 page essay at the easy end to an 8-10 page researched argument paper. My students also turn in journals (writings on assigned topics - not personal journals) weekly that range from 200-400 words. These vary in style but start simple with summaries and work into more complex analysis.
  12. I stuck with test grades in courses where I gave tests. In English and some other classes that were based more on writing, my kids revised work that was below A level until they had an A. My advise is be honest. I think colleges have respect for homeschoolers that don't have a 4.0 - too many do. Grade inflation is at least as rampant in the homeschooling community as it is anywhere else. No matter how many people answer this question and how different the answers are, it is still your decision. You can give the grade that you believe reflects your students mastery of the subject based on whatever criteria you choose.
  13. She should now email the head of the department. As my head of department always says, no grade is final. She doesn't have to speak to anyone, but it lets the department head know, and, if it is like my university, the teacher will hear from the department head. She can also file a protest against the grade - if getting points for that assignment would have given her an A. Both are paper work, not in-person things and now she doesn't have to fear retribution.
  14. To find if D&D is prevalent, you'll have to go beyond looking for gaming clubs. Many seem to focus most on video games; some focus on board games. None of the colleges my kids looked at had gaming clubs that focused on RPGs. That said, ds did manage to game while at college, even though he ended up at a liberal arts college with no gaming club at all. Ds began GM'ing well before college and continued on through. When he graduated, one of his former professors invited him to join a monthly game he hosts too. Gaming has become very mainstream and I have little doubt she'll be able to find it anywhere she goes.
  15. I would not look kindly on a student that tried to get me to change a grade at the end of the semester after sitting on it for weeks. I'm not sure what I would do with that. I don't give quizzes and writing often doesn't have clear right/wrong answers, so I never face this, but the end of the semester is a busy time and I know how I would feel about it.
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