A Guide to What Your Teacher Really Means...
|What they say.....||What they mean...|
|You'll be using one of the leading textbooks in the field.||I used it as a grad student.|
|If you follow these few simple rules, you'll do fine in the course.||If you don't need any sleep, you'll do fine in the course.|
|The gist of what the author is saying is what's most important.||I don't understand the details either.|
|Various authorities agree that...||My hunch is that...|
|The answer to your question is beyond the scope of this class.||I don't know.|
|You'll have to see me during my office hours for a thorough answer to your question.||I don't know.|
|In answer to your question, you must recognize that there are several disparate points of view.||I really don't know.|
|Today we are going to discuss a most important topic.||Today we are going to discuss my dissertation.|
|Unfortunately, we haven't the time to consider all of the people who made contributions to this field.||I disagree with what roughly half of the people in this field have said.|
|We can continue this discussion outside of class.||1. I'm tired of this - let's quit.
2. You're winning the argument - let's quit.
|Today we'll let a member of the class lead the discussion. It will be a good educational experience.||I stayed out to late last night and didn't have time to prepare a lecture|
|Any questions?||I'm ready to let you go|
|The implications of this study are clear.||I don't know what it means either, but there'll be a question about it on the test.|
|The test will be 50-questions, multiple choice.||The test will be 60-questions, multiple guess, plus three short-answer questions (1000 words or more) and no one will score above 55%.|
|The test scores were generally good.||Some of you managed a C+.|
|The test scores were a little below my expectations.||Where was the party last night?|
|Some of you could have done better.||Everyone flunked.|
|Before we begin the lecture for today, are there any questions about previous material?||Has anyone opened the book yet?|
|According to my sources...||According to the guy who taught this class last year...|
|It's been very rewarding to teach this class.||I hope they find someone else to teach it next year.|