I'm doing fine in the class with a high B but I know that I'd do so much better if she'd actually just teach us the content. Today's exam was a perfect example: I'm sure I did okay on most of the problems, but since I've been teaching myself this whole time I don't really know. Why am I paying tuition to teach myself? I could go to a library for free and receive the same education. And the last problem oh my freaking peanut butter sandwich did that last problem kill everyone in the room. It was a word problem that had absolutely no relation to what we did in class. She said we'd go over it before the test but then changed her mind because surprise we didn't have enough time. So basically I dropped a letter grade on my test because she didn't feel like actually teaching today, or any other day, what the heck that problem had anything to do with. The book for whatever reason also didn't connect the word problems to the concept.
I'm really hoping she just ignores that problem for the test since no one knew what the heck to do (and she knows that), but I dunno. What sucks is that about ten minutes after the exam ended I figured out a bootleg way to get the answer, something that would have gotten me at least partial credit, but whatever.
Her pedagogy is awful. It makes no sense. I could understand it within the context of a Lit or Language class, but Algebra? Concrete hard immovable numbers and procedures? You want us to "discover" how to divide quadratic equations? Why spend two class periods letting us dawdle on some mythical math puzzle when you could just give us an example on the board and actually walk us through the steps like an actual professor? This isn't elementary school. I don't want to "discover" addition by looking at two bannannas and eating one bannanna and figuring out that I have one bannanna left. Just tell me that 2 - 1 equals one freaking bannana.
I'm praying I get at least a B on that exam, but man is this class a drag and literal waste of time. I enjoy math and the process of learning, but someone in that classroom is not doing her job.