Okay, so this post is late. But I totally didn’t even remember it was Friday or that I needed to write a blog post until write now. And that’s only because I was reading an article that somehow triggered something.
But, since it’s kind of interesting, and fitting for this time of year (with classes starting back up). It’s a list of Professor Pet Peeves. Number one is one of my biggest pet peeves – “Don’t use unprofessional correspondence.” The grad association in my department has been driving me nuts for the past couple of years, because of exactly this. We’ve been electing people who apparently don’t think this is important based on the quality of the emails we generally receive (full of spelling and grammar errors).
I don’t really agree with 3 (“Don’t pack up your things as the class is ending”) because in my experience, classes are often far apart with not enough time to make it from one to the next one unless you get out the minute classes are ending. So, at the very least, I understand where students are coming from.
Number 4 (“Don’t ask a question about the readings or assignments until checking the syllabus first”) I’d modify slightly to “until checking the syllabus or reading the assignment first.” Mainly because, at least in my experience, assignment details are not in the syllabus. But, also in my experience, a lot of questions can be answered in the assignment description.
What are your biggest pet peeves?