Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Semester end senryu

Semester's over
but this *sigh* is not of relief--
A stack of blue books

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Attendance policy

Attendance is mandatory and an unexcused absences will affect your final grade. This may seem draconian but it is a policy I implement this semester, and probably from now on when I teach the film class.
  • A total of one (1) absence for the semester is allowed for any reason. (One class equivalent to three credit hours.)
    • Each absence beyond the one absence—including classes missed in the first week—will be a deduction of your participation grade @ 7.14%/absence.
    • Please consult with the instructor if you have an emergency. If you miss more than 5 classes in total for any reason, you will not receive a passing grade.
  • Excused absence: Absence due to emergency—illness, accident, etc.—or GW-related obligation (athletic competition, Model U.N. participation) will be excused only if the student
    1. Provides verifiable evidence—doctor’s note, accident/police report;
    2. Writes a 300 word mini-review of the film screened in class.
    3. Documentation and mini-review must be submitted within a week upon return to class. If both 1 and 2 are not completed, then the absence is not excused and will count against your participation record.
  • Tardiness is frowned upon. Arriving late can disrupt the class, and habitual tardiness is not tolerated.
    • Arriving 10 minutes or later is logged as a half absence.
    • 30 minutes or later will be logged as a complete absence.
    • Early departure will also count as a half absence (3.57%) toward your participation record.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Winter break

I think this past Fall semester has been the busiest semester I've ever had. In fact, it seems like every semester is getting busier each year. Anyway, glad that the semester ended without incident but wish that winter break was a week longer. I didn't do half the things I wanted, not with pipes leaking and microwave breaking.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Japanese Culture through Film JAPN 3162

To students who wish to sign up for Japanese Culture through Film:

I do not add students beyond the cap. Period. While there may seem to be some seats available, this is because the course JAPN3162 is cross-listed with ANTH3709. Students registered through anthropology will not show up in Japanese Culture through Film listing and vice versa. Once the course reaches its cap, I close the course to allow everyone a fair chance to join the class at the beginning of the semester.

Still, you can add your name to the Waiting List at the first class meeting to see if seats become available. While the following process may sound rather cumbersome, it is the fairest way to add students to this popular (I don't know why!) course.
  1. You must come to the first class meeting. You will be asked to line in a cue to sign a waiting list.
  2. You must add your name and signature on the initial Waiting List at the beginning of the first class. The Waiting List will be available at the beginning of  class only. Waiting List will no longer be available once the course begins. You may add your name to the Waiting List at the end of class. Be sure to bring your GWID.
  3. At the end of the first class, you must provide your name and signature again to the Confirmation List. If you fail to sign the Confirmation List, your name will be dropped to the bottom of the Waiting List even if you signed the Waiting List early. No exception.
  4. If seats become available, I will contact students and ask them to bring completed RTF forms for me to sign at the beginning of the second class. Students will be contacted in the order which students added their names to the Waiting List and who have sign the Confirmation List. At the second class meeting if you are not present when I call your name or if your RTF form is not completed--your name, ID number, name of course, CRN, etc--I will move to the next student and you will be dropped to the end of the Waiting List. No exception. 
  5. NOTE: Even if you do the above completely, there is NO GUARANTEE you will get a seat in the course. Students can add the course ONLY if seats are available--these are seats dropped by  students who have already registered.
  6. In general, I will not sign in anyone after the second class meeting. 
If you are a Japanese major and a graduating senior who can demonstrate appropriate need for this course in order to graduate--lack of Japanese major credit units and conflict with other available/eligible courses--come to my office immediately.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

The ISI Guide to Choosing the Right College,

A former student wrote this on my facebook wall:
Sensei, I was browsing through the GW section of "The ISI Guide to Choosing the Right College," and while it does, of course, spend a fair amount of time talking about the poli-sci/internat affairs departments (and a surprising amount on English and history departments) it specifically commends the EALL department! A full paragraph just to talk about how great you all are :)
Now if I only knew what this publication is and where I can get a hold of it to read it. Hmmm..