1. Jyotsana Sharma
    February 14, 2018 @ 2:01 am

    Wow! That sounds harsh to ask something and in return for an answer provide a lower grade and quit your committee! You are correct for sure, that is not a way to motivate. I wonder if you think there may be a better way, apart from what Dr. K does in his class, what would you want to do to motivate students to learn in yours?

    • A. Nelson
      February 14, 2018 @ 2:33 am

      I agree with Jyotsana. The behavior you describes sounds really vindictive and petty — an abuse of power. I wouldn’t consider that a pedagogical strategy or motivator at all. I’m sorry that happened to you!

  2. Yan
    February 14, 2018 @ 9:38 pm

    Sevda, I enjoy reading your post and I also feel a little angry about your experience. It is so wrong for a teacher utilizing grade for punishment, and it is a big relief that as PhD students, our progress is not dependent on grades anymore.

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