Posts Tagged ‘disruptive students’

Flunk ‘Em All?

Monday, January 31st, 2011

RE: Classroom Protocol — Text Messaging, Cell Phoning. Computers in the Classroom. ADD/ADHD. Tourette Syndrome. Paranoid Schizophrenia. Et. Al.

Inspired by a discussion on the Hunter-Listserv several weeks ago about students plunking away on laptops in classes, the following was to be posted on the Hunter-L listserv the first week of classes but I changed my mind. I see no point. I think I’ve pretty much exhausted whatever value that listserv held for me. Nevertheless, what I’ve would have posted if I hadn’t changed my mind …


The Perils of Bovine Text Messaging: The Issue That Continues Needs to Be in Context

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Giving Tricia Orlando her due, contextually, that is.


MEDP 299.47 Pushback, Fall, 2009 – Part VI: The End

Friday, February 5th, 2010

RB: This was to be a comparatively long narrative about a 30-40P student, a CUNY Macaulay Honors College student, who fails MEDP 299.47 for being serially disruptive for most of the semester despite repeated warnings from the instructor.


PUSHBACK, MEDP 299.47, Fall, 2009 – Part II

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Pushback can range from physical threats & menacing behavior to moderate passive aggressive behavior (such as, I dare you to make me do the assignments) to the negligible. Extreme, never to be tolerated; moderate, up to a certain level until it threatens to fuel rebellious anticipation of 30-40Ps; negligible, hardly worth mentioning (a little slack shouldn’t hurt but don’t tell that to 30-40Ps and the Colleagues who support them).


A Mid Semester Report (of a Sort) for Spring, 2009

Monday, March 16th, 2009

A quickie: Not one student has whined nor snarled nor pleaded that he or she can’t or won’t do assignments because:

  • the assignments interfere with his/her internship.
  • the assignments interfere with his/her job.
  • h/s doesn’t want to do them.


Advanced Reporting (MEDP 293), Feature Writing (MEDP 299.47)

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008


These classes weren’t as organized as they should have been (too many departmental distractions for the instructor) and too many students in the poorly under-enrolled classes weren’t prepared, that is, their introductory news classes hadn’t prepped them for advanced courses. That’s been happening a lot.


Anecdotes of Eccentricities: MEDP 292, FALL

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Grade Distribution, MEDP 292 – AKA Basic Reporing – Fall, 2007:
A’s (2)
A- (1)
B+ (2)
B- (3)
F (3)
IN (1)
WU (1)

This class requires out-of-class interviews for articles that must be submitted for publication in the WORD at Its publishing imperative causes course requirements and demands and expectations to be higher than the other MEDP 292 classes. Students who earned Bs in MEDP 292 have said that this class required more effort than many of their other classes, but not appreciably more, just more than students were accustomed to doing. It has, however, helped many students to earn internships and jobs at some of the best news media in the country.