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Heard on the Hill: Study says students lie on teacher evaluations; KU website ranks high for access for visually impaired; man offers hugs for free on campus

That is not the case for most of us. We get access to our reviews as soon as grades are posted

December 15, 2010 at 2:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heard on the Hill: Study says students lie on teacher evaluations; KU website ranks high for access for visually impaired; man offers hugs for free on campus

Thank you. On zero tolerance, I wave that if the student alerts me ahead of time that he or she is expecting some critical text or call. And if the student does not alert me but gets a critical text or call anyway, they have the option of leaving the class quietly and I do not get on their case. There are always exceptions and you need to go with the flow. I am not sure if my rule can be called zero tolerance as I do allow exceptions. One just has to ask and then make sure that students around them are not overly affected.

December 15, 2010 at 1:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heard on the Hill: Study says students lie on teacher evaluations; KU website ranks high for access for visually impaired; man offers hugs for free on campus

Good point but I found texting and non-productive activities on the lap top are disturbing and distracting to other students in the class. I remember a student who was Facebooking and all the students around him got involved. Also, we have seen texting as a possible way for students to share answers in exam and so the "no texting" rule just helps set the baseline. If you think that texting in at a movie, restaurant, or play is OK, I have some differences with you. That is just impolite and it is distracting to those around you regardless of how discrete you think you are.

December 15, 2010 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heard on the Hill: Study says students lie on teacher evaluations; KU website ranks high for access for visually impaired; man offers hugs for free on campus

I ask the students to write constructive critiques. For the most part the students do a good and offer sincere evaluations. Over the years it has helped me adjust as students change to read their comments. For example, if a cell phone goes off in the class, we joke about it but I am strict about it if it occurs too often. I am very strict about texting in class and about use of laptops for anything other than taking notes or following the class slides. We talk and discuss what is appropriate classroom behavior up front so that everyone knows the rules. I also set rules for my own behavior in the class and for exams etc. I find that if you set clear guidelines, students are happy. If I mess up with a class, I expect to be critiqued but I also expect the students to offer constructive comments. I ignore those that are just mean spirited or hateful. I cannot help those students. I am reminded of a quote from Buck O'Neill, "I never learned to hate, hate eats you up." So students, be critical, it helps be me be a better teacher. However, please be constructive in your comments.

December 15, 2010 at 8:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Federal charges dismissed against two former Westar Energy executives

The recent supreme court ruling limited the ability of federal prosecutors to charge this type of white collar crime. Before the ruling,in all probability they would have gone ahead.

August 21, 2010 at 8:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How concerned are you about getting the swine flu?

c_doc77, while I agree that things have been overblown, I will say that if someone were to get the full H1N1 and they had an underlying health condition, emphysema, asthma, heart condition, or was an infant, from what I saw with my daughter, it can be very challenging. Critical to keep the patient hydrated and to get the chest mucus moving. If not, pneumonia may be the end result. So, be careful, diligent and if you get it, follow the recommendations. I have had one student in my class who was out for two weeks. I followed up with her and she was definitely ill and even now is just getting her strength back. Not sure where you saw this 30% response rate but the numbers I have seen are much, much better.

September 21, 2009 at 3:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How concerned are you about getting the swine flu?

Daughter (25 years old) got the flu. Full blown H1N1, real nasty bronchial attack. Is just recovering after 8 days. My wife was exposed (62 years), appears to have a mild case but she went on Tamiflu as soon as the first symptoms showed up (5 days after the initial exposure). Like others, I am worried about my 5 week old grand daughter and her parents but so far they show no symptoms. After the initial symptoms from my first daughter, we keep the rest of the family at bay except for my wife. It appears that it is not easy to get exposure unless you have close contact.

September 21, 2009 at 8:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local drug company receives $6M boost

The $6 million is not an abatement or a loan or anything else. It is for the retrofitting of the building not only to house Deciphera but to be an incubator space for other bioscience start-ups. Deciphera will lease part of the building. This is a great investment by KBA in Lawrence designed to "home grow" the bioscience effort. The building in the end will be worth much more than what KBA will invest. This is just a great example of investing money to make money while kick starting the growth of high paying jobs in the area. The buidling in the business park was too expensive for Deciphera to move into and still limited future growth.

July 11, 2007 at 8:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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