May 20, 2010

Pedatella, Stefan Silver_nugget
[FYSB BC1156/69] First Year Seminar: Legacy of the Mediterranean I

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Stefan is an incredible teacher in the classroom and he makes the material fascinating. He is obviously incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what he teaches. However, as a professor for a class that is supposed to strengthen your writing, I feel that he failed. The grading system he has is very restrictive: you get an actual grade on your first draft, and no matter what you do on the rewrite it will only jump up from a B- to a B, for example.

In meetings with him about my rewrites, he would say: "the way I see it is this..." and then encourage me to write that. He refused any analysis besides his own, which is really weird. He never offered structural advice or actual paper critique: merely, this part of your argument is wrong, so write it like this. I think he was a fantastic teacher in the classroom but a terrible teacher for improving writing.