Saturday, November 18, 2017

It can't all be carrots

In a world where there should be carrots and sticks. Praise for performance and consequences for making dumb mistakes. I was interested to find that some students pulled together a group complaint about me and sent it up the chain of command. They may get their wish and I'll be taken off teaching this course.

That would be unfortunate.

In related news, I just checked (on a second submission) how many of the students just made the same mistake. Out of 15 - only one. A reduction in skwewup rate from 30% down to 7%. The employers and supervisors of the future can thank me later. So can the students, but chances are that I'll be gone.

It can't all be carrots, but sometimes we can make the sticks a cheap lesson.

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