Complaining about students has consequences.

In her most recent blog post,  addresses the topic of a 2012 article in the Journal of Chemical Education. I have been guilty of this but I am working VERY hard to understand that students have reasons for their behavior and are mostly responding to their built environment in the smartest possible way.  If we want different behavior, we must design a learning environment that demands it.

Sometimes we do need to vent. It isn’t easy teaching students who don’t come to class prepared, seem to always want the easiest way, are prepared to cheat if necessary, don’t have good study skills, and aren’t interested in learning what we love to teach. Venting, especially to a trusted colleague, helps us put things in perspective. At some point, though, venting morphs into complaining, and what we say about students becomes what we think about them. And that’s when it starts getting dangerous, because it affects how we teach.

Source Article: Cooper, M. L. (2012). Cherry picking: Why we must not let negativity dominance affect our interactions with students. Journal of Chemical Education, 89,423–424 DOI:10.1021/ed3000217

Read the entire post at the Faculty Focus blog.


About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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One Response to Complaining about students has consequences.

  1. Dr. K. Cossey says:

    Love this. Thanks for posting.

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