Indeed. I receive email like this, only it usually says something like "can't buy books, need help" and it comes from email@example.com. THAT narrows it down.
After a recent go around on final projects, I finally gave up on one paper in particular. The line that made me give up in grading any further? "However pestering the circumstances, it is intricate in the evolutionary process of an organization, as it must find equilibrium of fiscal growth and operational achievement." I know it's not an email...but it was so bad I blew it up and framed it to hang in my office. I look at it every day, telling myself, I can hopefully inspire them to do better. Some days I am not quite sure of that.
Ah, Deb. That is indeed a keeper. No matter what language it's in!
You might want to refer them to thishttp://mleddy.blogspot.com/2005/01/how-to-e-mail-professor.html
Classic. On every level.
It amazes me that you really have such ignorant students.
LOVE the link, anonymous!! I posted it on my fb page : -)
typical student email to college prof!!!
We had a scholar on campus last week to address course redesign. She mentioned a nice little piece in her grading/syllabus. If you send a question to her via email that is answered in the syllabus or is unprofessional (professional includes: must use Dr. X as greeting, have closing, course name and section and come from university branded email, proper grammar punctuation, no "texting" abbreviations) you lose a point in the course, up to five points (out of 1000). She said it drastically reduced her email. We have many professors here who plan on implementing this rule.
Back in the '80s when my husband taught an undergraduate survey course (enrollment 750), I took a call at our home phone from a young woman who wanted to know "Is this Professor W's house? Can you tell me, is the exam tomorrow?"I told her to check her syllabus. Then I hung up and laughed, but I felt guilty.
Have I mentioned that I had a student (a goalie on the varsity hockey team) email me to tell me he missed his conference because he'd slipped in the shower and gotten a concussion?I can't stop laughing at him long enough to respond.
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