Comparison and Contrast of High School Teachers vs College Professors There are some similarities between high school teachers and college professors but there are many more contrasts. Academically speaking, both teachers and professors have grading styles and policies, deadlines and due dates for papers and projects, and a sense of compassion. If only I would have had someone explain the differences between the two levels of teaching, I probably wouldn*t have given up in high school. It would not have taken me so long to get the courage to attend college.
There are many myths that college professors are unattached drones that push you through. As for the high school teachers, they are more friendly and laid back. Although, I have found the myth between the two to be much of the opposite. The grading styles between teachers and professors are very different. When I was in high school, the majority of your grade consisted of test scores and homework. Homework was a large part of the grade in high school, which was hard for some people if they didn*t have the resources or someone at home to help them. ith it (Take that out). Heaven forbid you didn*t do your homework because then you fell behind and really couldn*t understand the material on the tests. Then there were the tests; if you failed you just didn’t pass. You were not given the opportunity to go back and fix mistakes or show you really understood the material. There was no going back and going over your mistakes or showing that you really did know what you were doing. Neither were you allowed the chance to gain extra points, once you turned in your assignment or test it wad done.
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Trying to obtain a few extra points in the process, when it was done it was done. Class participation wasn’t a big requirement . It almost seemed as if your very presence in the class made a difference. However, not being there or involving yourself to some degree would cause you to miss out on some important information. Which would leave a bad impression with the teacher. It didn*t matter much if you were in class, or if you participated. Although, if you did not participate or show up for classes you would miss a lot.
It didn*t make a very good impression on the teacher either. On the other hand there are college professors who base your grade on many things such as class participation, projects, and attendance, as well as homework and tests. Actually your test scores normally is majority of your grade do take a good chunk of your grade, but, they are not the only things that affect your grade in college. You also have class participation which plays affect a large part of your grade as well. in most college courses.
It gets the students more involved and seems to make them want to be there. It also gives them life skills of interacting with others and gives them a confidence boost. Which in turn, affects and raises their attendance. I believe you would have a more prepared student for college and you would probably see grades rise if high school teachers took more of an approach of involving students . (JUST TURNED THAT AROUND) You would also see students more excited about being in class, especially if class participation was a part of their grade.
There are also deadlines and due dates that are expected to be followed by both teachers and professors. High school teachers tend to hold your hand as a child so to speak, and remind you on a daily basis of when your homework is due. They will continually let you know when tests and projects are due as well. In most cases, teachers will write on the black board when assignments and deadlines are due and when test are approaching. On the contrary, college professors usually hand out what is called a syllabus on the first day of class.
The syllabus outlines the due dates of homework, projects, and when tests or quizzes are expected. Your professor does (DELETE) tend to go over the syllabus with the class on the first day but, that is the first and last time they will go over it. They expect you to be an adult, not have to remind you every day that there are homework and tests. If you don*t remember when these things are due, or expected you can refer back to your syllabus go back and look them up in your syllabus. Also college professors don’t really give any leeway with homework or deadlines.
When something is due there are no excuses. Whereas with teachers, they would usually give you an extension, you would just lose 10 points or they would take 10% off of your final grade for that assignment. As a result both high school teachers and college professors expect you to follow deadlines, they just have different ways of going about it. Teachers tend to hold your hand and consistently give you reminders. remind you on a daily basis. Whereas professors will let go of your hand and expect you to be an adult and know where to look to research and find the answer.
As well as follow deadlines because in real life a deadline is a deadline. There is no make up work or extensions in the everyday work place. In addition there is the sense of compassion that has seemed to be a huge difference for me. I found in high school it was like they just wanted to push you through and get you out. Unless you were among one of the top students that excelled in class, your teachers didn*t seem to have the time for you. They definitely didn*t want to stay after class once that last bell of the day rang.
You had better watch out because it was like some herd of cows running from a slaughter house. They were more thrilled to be getting out of there than the students. If the teachers showed a little more compassion and interest in all their students, more of them would go to college and succeed in life. They didn’t seem to care if you succeeded or not. (JUST TURNED THE SENTENCES AROUND) However, in college I have experienced the professors much more willing to work with their students.
They seem to care about whether you pass or fail; almost like they don*t want to see you back again. They set up a locator card and give you their e-mail address so you can set up a time to meet with them one-on-one if you are having trouble. Also, they tend to (DELETE) stay after class and help the students that have further(DELETE) questions or need extra help. Professors tend to understand their students better and it seems they want to see them succeed. They are much calmer and relaxed than high school teachers. Teachers and professors both seem to have compassion for students.
The professors just seem to have it for all of their students instead of just the ones that excel. In summary there are similarities of high school teachers and college professors. They both have grading styles and (DELETE) policies, deadlines and (DELETE) due dates, and a sense of compassion. They also have very different ways of going about these things. The grading styles are much broader and the deadlines much more defined, and the compassion for the students much more appreciated. I am glad I am in college and took the leap of faith to get here.