Thank you from the bottom of my heart for slogging through my long, long, typo-filled rant and your support. You know, this is my dream and it just sucked that it was going downhill. I was so mad/embarassed/annoyed when I got back to work yesterday that I just poured it all out here. You are all truly great thinking minds. I took the most common advice and wrote to the instructor:
Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 7:43 PM
Subject: My apologies
I want to apologize for my outburst today. I’ve been very frustrated with the attitude of particular classmates and felt that today was exceptionally disruptive. We were not only in the middle of a quiz, but I felt that time was being taken away from class to deal with one student’s issue. And, this was something that was best discussed outside the classroom. My response did not help the situation and I just wanted to let you know from now on, I’m going to do better to keep my comments to myself.
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 12:14 PM
Subject: RE: My apologies
Don’t worry about that. After you left, I had to raise my voice (what I don’t like to do) and calm everyone down. I talked to some students and asked them to see me outside the class room, or during my office hours when they have an issues. I hope it would help.
I agree that it is very difficult to study in such a tense atmosphere…
Hope to see you on Thursday.
Do not give up on us!
So, my plan is to ignore the person. And, if this continues, I’m going to the department head. It’s not fair to me or anyone else for this to continue. I loved all the advice and will consider private tutoring next semester (or maybe over the summer when classes aren’t being offered) for draping if this kind of stuff continues. Life is too short. I took great relief in knowing I wasn’t the only one who had been through this.
But, I also took a moment to reflect on JudithNYC’s comment. It got me thinking about my behavior. Because maybe *I* come off as the ‘know it all’ in class. I do finish early. I do ask questions about things off the syllabus. It’s just something that occurred to me after reading this comment.
Again, thank you all!