William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Monday, 28, September, 2009

Points of Information

Filed under: Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 15:39

You should probably never tell a professor that you think the book has too much information.

You should probably never tell a professor that you can’t find him, when he keeps office hours three days a week, and spends his office hours  blogging because no one comes to the office.

You should also probably not whine for PowerPoint handouts in the hopes of not having to take notes.

I will also not put sensitive materials, be they autopsy or just plain gross photos on any server at all.


  1. Good on ya William- I ‘hate’ hearing the prof just dumps stuff out there so they don’t actually have to teach.

    Comment by Old NFO — Tuesday, 29, September, 2009 @ 01:45 | Reply

  2. Perhaps the students would like to explain exactly which systems within the human body are superfluous, and therefore could be safely “left out” of the textbook? I think that would be an instructive exercise for them to perform in the classroom to their peers.

    In my own world, I have been reminding students that the syllabus is their guide to the semester. I remind them that’s where the readings are, where the grading scheme is, and yesterday pointed out that this was also where the description of the upcoming midterm was.

    Midterm?!! Oh, the looks of panic. There’s a midterm?!

    Yes, I said this at the beginning of the term, and it’s in the syllabus, along with how much it counts towards your final grade.


    But it did focus their attention and their notetaking most impressively yesterday…

    Comment by Thoryke — Tuesday, 29, September, 2009 @ 09:16 | Reply

    • Actually, that was a complaint about the forensics book. But the question still exists, what things that will kill you aren’t important?

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Tuesday, 29, September, 2009 @ 11:08

    • Are you teaching a graduate seminar course? I can’t imagine how a midterm exam would come as a surprise otherwise.

      Comment by bluntobject — Wednesday, 30, September, 2009 @ 14:09

    • No, she’s teaching undergrads.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Wednesday, 30, September, 2009 @ 14:15

    • Well, there goes another quantum of optimism. I suppose some of the darling snowflakes will take the hint and look over the syllabus to see what else they missed, and some… won’t.

      Comment by bluntobject — Wednesday, 30, September, 2009 @ 15:11

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