I'm in this one class. I love the class because 1. the material is interesting and 2. my classmates are great, but the essential motivation to complete assignments quickly turned into frustration with no hope of ever getting it right. Why? Well, he likes to perform tricks. But we're not at Hogwarts, we're seniors who are about to graduate. And no, it's not just me; my classmates have an interactive discussion about our class to vent and attempt to understand assignments on a regular basis.
The class is supposed to be challenging as it is a senior seminar about cyber communication, but it's not challenging anymore when the entire class (about 22 people) are utterly confused and lost. No, that's when it's just playing games. I'm worried about tests. If the assignments are virtually impossible to be done right, how on earth will we manage tests?
After the first assignment, the class and professor discussed the issue and the professor promised no more tricks. But the second is as well and I can't help but worry about the third assignment. Just like I said in that discussion, I will shift my primary focus from this class to all my other classes. I figured if I get A's in all my other classes and a B (at best) for this one, I should be fine, right? I really hope so.
I feel bad for the professor. It's his first time teaching the class and his ambition is evident. He's smart, friendly and very engaging, yet I don't get the impression that he is listening to his students; a crucial part of communication. Granted, most of us suffer from Senioritis but nonetheless we are willing to work hard to deserve that good grade. I just feel like we don't receive a fair chance. That professor might or might not see this post, but if he does I hope he will take it into consideration for this class and future classes.
UPDATE: Today the Professor adequately addressed the situation at hand, and I'm happy to say that he promised to go into a new teaching direction. In the beginning of class, he kindly told the students that if there are any concerns to talk to him after the seminar. Surprisingly, I was the only one who stayed. We had a chat about my frustrations, and I came to realize that his approach is one that the class is simply not used to: an (ultra) laissez-faire teaching style. While it gives us room to wiggle, most of us aren't used to it. It's difficult and and we have to adapt to this new found freedom where we are thrown in to a deep hole in which our task is to find a tool to get out of it. As much as the idea sounds adventurous, we need some materials to build these tools with. Well, now that change is in sight, I'll just have to wait and see.