Being Smart Doesn’t Equal A Good Teacher

So, I have this instructor at my school. He’s a programmer by trade – not a teacher. He has a thick (Russian?) accent and likes to speak to students like they are dumb. He’s smart … incredibly smart … but when it comes to teaching he’s awful.

Students at my particular college pay thousands of dollars for classes – it’s a technical school. So why does my mid-term consist of me going through a chapter that hasn’t been taught yet – creating 10 slides worth of Power Point and doing a presentation? Doesn’t that mean the students are teaching the class? So shouldn’t we be getting paid?

Not to mention the fact that he didn’t have us sign up in advance for the topics we would be discussing. So I’m sure there will be 10 people doing the same exact presentation.

This kind of crap makes me angry. I realize he’s new to teaching (at the school) but c’mon! This really has nothing to do with the fact that programming isn’t my forte. I understand it for the most part – it just bores me to tears and it’s definitely not something I want to do for a living. But this mid-term is insane. I don’t want to get up and teach the class a chapter that I haven’t been taught. I want the TEACHER to teach me the chapter. I don’t pay a thousand dollars a credit hour just so I can teach a class. It’s ridiculous!

But – unfortunately – I have a 3.9 GPA (grade point average) and I feel like keeping it. So I’ve got a freaking chapter to read and a Power Point to create (and a freaking mid-term TEST to study for). Wish me luck!


  1. You’re not really teaching the class, the best way for him to see how well you understand the topic is to see what you present. Collaborative learning is a very good concept, it’s also one that matches what happens in the work force alot. People need to be able to work together, they need to be able to obtain information they get from different sources not just listen to what one person says…like they’re boss.

    Going to college isn’t about being able to absorb one lecture after another, it’s about learning to learn. Sounds to me like you’ve got a good teacher, one that’s grounded in reality. Take advantage of it, good luck on your presentation.


  2. Hi there! Dropping by from SITS to say, “hello”! Best wishes in 2010.

    Kindest regards,

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