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Omg I posted like an hour ago but it didn't go through but there is a meetup tonight. Our book club is now and were having a sweet discussion about Americanah. The meetup officially starts at 8 and were leaving the bar at 9 ish for karaoke. If my nattery isnt dead ill post the karaoke location.
Were at rpm bar on the corner of broome amd allen. Come out internet feminist ladies.
I also know I mentioned that part of the problem with my classmates was with their grade schools but I didn't mean to suggest that was a problem with all schools (my public school was great), it's just that I know most of my friends said the reason they struggled in college was because they had come from schools where teachers would play unrelated movies instead of teaching (I'm assuming caused by funding issues) or who weren't invested in their students. That is obviously not the situation with you and I never meant to suggest that it was, I just wanted to pass on my own experiences with it, that I learned through talking with friends who had similar problems that your students seem to have, and I thought maybe that your students were in similar positions and coming from similar environments that my peers were. I hope I didn't insult you, that was never my intention, I know that teaching is a really difficult profession and I'm sure that you're doing an amazing job. My cousin is a teacher and I know she struggles a lot with gaps in students knowledge from previous grades/schools and it frustrates her too. I have a lot of trouble communicating online (especially with tone and whatnot) so I really hope I didn't sound like I was suggesting that you weren't doing enough.
At the time it was frustrating because my major was big on group assignments and so I'd have to rewrite everything from scratch to not fail the class but I just felt so so bad for these students (and it really was most of the students) because the public schools in that state were awful and so there was no reason for them to know any better, no one had taught them.
Are there any tutoring resources on campus? Some schools have resources where you can meet with grad students or program advisors to get resources to fill in gaps in knowledge. It's a lot harder for history than for fixing up grammar or catching up on math but maybe there is something you can point them too. I bet many of them have no idea how much information they are missing and wont know to go look for it unless someone points them in the right direction or gently lets them know they need to do some catch up. Maybe you could schedule some office hours to meet one on one with each student to talk to them? Or coordinate something with the public library or school library? I'm assuming this is a university, if it's a high school then wow please keep doing what you're doing the US needs more teachers like you.