I would imagine that the students

28 Sep


reading this blog entry are the same students who arrived to our first class on time (and are not the students who need to be reading it!).  This was the day that your professor said that she ran her class like a business. Maybe Donald Trump is reading, and would like to start a new series where the Professor can say, “You fail!”  Then we don’t even have to get to the “You are fired!”  

In the economy today, with a jobless rate of 9.2 percent (read links above, if you like),  I want to be sure that my students have the skills they need to succeed. This not only means the skills to survive my research methods class, but the skills to survive in life.   How can any professor let a student graduate, or pass her class, if they do not have the basic skills to succeed in the real world?  I do not want my students unemployed.  I want them to become doctors, lawyers, economists – and to take good care of their elderly professor in 30 years!  I cannot pass students who cannot follow instructions. If you become a nurse and I am on the operating table, it will come back to haunt me.  Doctor says, “Give her drug X.”  Nurse (that I let pass my class 20 years before) gives me drug Y (i.e., can’t follow instructions)…. Nurse thinks, “Oh, too bad my nice professor died.  Wow, she got old!  She gave me an A in Research Methods and was so damn nice!” 

I want you to to nail jobs, to have confidence, skills, and knowledge.  There are thousands of students taking research methods right now.  How do you expect to set yourself apart from the rest?   Showing up to class, reading instructions, asking questions when you have them, and keeping it all under control is a good start.   Stop looking at your cell phones (even your iphones) and start looking at yourself.  Write a plan for success. Nobody forced you to take my class.  If you do not have time for the class, withdraw or find time.  I have spoken at length with you about time management – were you in class that day? 

If you were an employee at a company and were 1) late  2) did not do an assignment on time 3) did not show up to work 4) did not follow instructions, you would be fired.  There are consequences in the real world and there are consequences in my classes.   

If you were not happy with your paper, if you did not understand, if your computer broke, if you were confused, did not follow instructions, you may hand in your paper next Wednesday (or re-submit your paper) October 5th.   I would imagine that the same people who will be taking this route did not follow instructions on the syllabus, did not come to all classes, etc… and I imagine that they are struggling in the ‘real world’ just as they are in my class. We learn in research methods about chance, correlations, and about manipulating variables (true experiments like we talked about in class yesterday).   Want to change an outcome?  Manipulate a variable.  Shut your phone.  Find your passion.  Get more sleep.  Follow instructions…. Pull yourselves together and watch the change in your grades and success! 

Anyone handing in paper (or resubmitting a paper) next Wednesday 

You will begin with grade of C and will be graded from there. 

Due at 5 pm

In TA mailbox.

Hard copy only. 

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