Again, were I good at the link thing there would be one here...
Rate my students is a place where teachers can rant a bit about their students.
One post contained an analysis contained in the Minnesota Daily, which said something to the effect that a teacher who saw their students as lazy and willing to lie for the slightest reasons has some kind of mental illness and should choose another profession.. HUH?? Frankly, if you don't see your students that way -- you've lost what little critical thinking skills that you have gained.
I can't say that ALL of my students are lazy and willing to lie, but a large enough percentage of them have demonstrated their lack of concern for good work (i.e. are lazy..) and I have CAUGHT them in lies up to their eyeballs... if you aren't catching them i it s because YOU aren't looking -- not because they aren't lying to you.
The other post took a shot at group presentations and "active learning" techniques..
Granted, I'm not one who is willing to have students do a bunch of dumb-ass "active" assignemnts and say they've learned philosophy... but I do think that group presentations, when constructed properly, place the responsibility for learning ON the learner. This is especially true when they have to do the research and decide on the general theme of the presentation themselves.
Of course you have slackers and kind of crappy presentations -- that is why you need to be a bit more involved with the development of the project --
This post says that class should be canceled for things like individual writing conferences... ummm-- nice idea, but do you have any idea how much class I'd have to plan to cancel for 50 students to each have a 10 minute writing conference? I can do 7 per 75 minute class period?? The answer is nearly 8 class meetings -- a whole month of class.
I usually enjoy Rate my Students... if you haven't read it, go do so --