No one except a fellow teacher would really understand what it takes to put together a solid syllabus.
And how frustrating it is when students don’t read it or refer to it.
One semester students even called the class publication “It’s In The Syllabus!”
I try to be patient. After all, the class policies part of the syllabus is four pages. And the syllabus itself is six pages. That’s a lot of information to digest.
When students want to join the class after missing the first day, I’ve been known to just hand them the syllabus and class policies and say, “Read this over the weekend. If you still want to be in the class, talk to me next week.”
We also do two scavenger hunts during the second and third weeks of class: one that takes place using the syllabus and class policies handouts, the other around campus. When I take the time to do these scavenger hunts, it reduces the number of questions that are answered in the syllabus. Continue reading