Well, gosh, I clearly picked a good one to jump in on, didn’t I? Pet peeves, you say? I have them. But mine come in two varieties, personal and professional. So let’s talk about both. It will help me keep myself from losing my mind :).
1. Students who don’t read the policies for the course and then complain when those policies are applied to them (see student this evening who feels it’s incredibly unfair that he’s not earning points because he didn’t follow a required posting convention. Harsh, yes. Realistic in a down economy, oh hell yeah.)
2. Students who feel that if they complete an assignment they should receive credit for the assignment. Never mind if what they hand in has an relationship to the actual assignment; they did something they deserve credit.
3. Misspellings. I’m supremely intolerant of misspelled words (not misused words, please note) because I teach online and all their papers are submitted online. This obviously means that they’re using a computer and have access to spell check. While it won’t catch everything; it catches enough.
4. Students who like to threaten my by saying they’ll go to my boss. Okay; you do that. It won’t change the way I grade. I was hired because I’m tough and I don’t take BS, but please feel free to go complain about that.
5. Papers submitted in formats I can’t read. We have a clearly stated policy about this, yet the student always says either “I didn’t know” or “I can’t afford that expensive program and it’s not fair that you insist I use it.”
As strange as it sounds, I do have a life outside of teaching. God knows there are days when it doesn’t feel that way, what with the whole computer on my lap most days, all day. So, what’s like nails on a chalk board in my personal life? Ahh, so glad you asked.
1. People who analyze every freaking piece of food that enters their mouths (and mine). Honestly, what you do on your own time is your business. And if you want to obsess about food, that’s just fine by me. But leave my danged plate alone.
2. The perfume factories. By this, I mean the women (and men, dudes are NOT innocent of this one), who are apparently smell challenged. You do NOT need to bathe in perfume or cologne. It does not smell wonderful and, in fact, makes me wheeze so hard that I end up having asthma attacks. If you’re in the same restaurant as me and I can smell you three tables over? You bathed in the stuff. Not good.
3. People who let their dogs and cats roam free. I get that many people think that cats prefer to live outdoors (at least most of the time), but I do not appreciate your dogs and cats using my rose garden and their personal poo station or litter box. I actually watched my neighbor’s dog pee on one of my rose bushes. I nearly killed them both.
4. People who assume I’m some sort of religious fundamentalist because I’m choosing to homeschool my kids. Or assume that my kid doesn’t get adequate socialization. Or think that he can’t possibly be normal because he doesn’t go to school. He’s an extremely bright child who has varied interests and makes friends easily. A tad bossy, but who isn’t at four?
And now that I’ve got that off my chest, I feel much better. Guess it’s time to go grade some papers for me. For you? Go check out the other posts at Girl Talk Thursday you won’t regret it.