Saturday, December 4, 2010

Your Lack of Planning Does Not Constitute and Emergency on My Part...

A quote I was taught very early on in my career at the doctor's office was, "Your lack of planning does not constitute an emergency on my part."  We used this quote often when talking to patients who would wait until the day after they took their last pill to notify the office that they were in need of a refill and that they needed it right then.  As if we didn't have thousands of other patients to care for, people would literally get bent out of shape because the doctor could not come out of his present appointment to write them their refill script.  I'm sure those same people would certainly not appreciate the doctor getting pulled out of their appointment to write someone a script because they were being demanding.

Well, I find myself desiring to use that same line on some of my teachers!  I'm coming up to my last week of classes before winter break and I've realized that in almost every one of my classes, the syllabus was completely changed if not once, several times.  In one class in particular, the teacher did not regularly update the online class information.  By last week, we had only made it through 3 of the 6 required units for the semester.  So guess what his idea was?  Yep...we need to work through the last 3 units in 2 weeks.  We are doing in 2 weeks what we have done the whole semester.  So, as you can imagine, I've been plowing away at all these last minute assignments.  Unfortunately, I've had a few less than pleasant experiences.  My music class that is online recently had a quiz that was opened the Friday afternoon before break and closed that Monday morning.  As you can imagine, I missed the entire quiz because it was unexpected and during break.  I asked the teacher whether or not I could make it up considering the short amount of time it was available during the weekend, and I was told that I could not make it up.  I was concerned about losing my A in the class to which I was assured that my grade should be fine granted I completed the rest of the assignments.  We'll see what happens.

In everything this semester, I've learned the class I was told would be the most challenging has become my favorite.  The teacher was always organized, the syllabus never changed, and I actually learned something coming out of it.  While their lack of planning should not constitute an emergency on my part, it has. Fortunately, I've been pretty productive the last couple of days and have completed 13 out of the remaining 20 assignments due by Friday.  I think it would be appropriate to say that I'm already ready for this week to be over!

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