Pros: beautiful grounds; nice staff; many of the students are committed to their learning
Cons: long drive, low pay, no benefits, classes spaced out with hours in-between, lack of adminstrative support
Working at Bridgewater State University has toughened me up quite a bit; the students, while mostly respectful and committed to their education, realize that this is a big business, and that their rights (and feelings) come first. It is nearly impossible to get students to stop texting, emailing, and surfing during class; they are often late, do not take homework seriously, want ALL of the answers for tests, in advance, and if you don't accommodate ALL of their needs, they write you up on "Rate your teacher." So from the teacher perspective - mine - one who has been an "A" student since kindergarten, never missing class and never speaking out against an educator - I, who CARE about their learning in every respect, and am a highly qualified and knowledgeable educator - it is a very difficult gig. I still do care and rank education in America as our number one priority; but how to reach students AND administrators with what MUST be the ground rules for authentic (or any) learning to occur?