Every semester we pull out our dusty syllabi, brush off the dust and redo the tome. Each time it seems to grow in length as we add the latest policy and tweak our wording to deal with that one student that gave us trouble last semester.
We use bullet points and catchy phrases such as "read to succeed", or "road maps to success". Detailed instructions, lists explaining our expectations, and describing appropriate behaviors round out our lengthy document. We try everything we can think of to make a difference, all the while
, grumbling that students never read the syllabus we slaved over anyway.
But have we ever stopped to ask ourselves: what do students expect from us?
What would you expect from your college professor? As an experiment this semester, I asked one of my classes what they wanted from me, and here is their list:
These are just a few things students expect. What do your students expect of you, and how do you respond?
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