What do you consider an #EpicFail?

As the semester winds down I am left taking inventory of my preformance over the past 16 weeks.  Could I have done better?  What have I learned?  Can I apply what I’ve learned?

I’ve spent considerable time complaining about GNDR 501. Sometimes just in passing, sometimes my complaints are more blatant.  It makes you wonder if I took anything else (I did actually, Research Methods in Social Science.) But it’s the 501 that I’m really worried about.  It was difficult for me to put into context until I read Kristen Lamb’s thoughts on failing.  What is a true failure?

My conclusion is that a true failure is something that you fail to learn from.  In this case, 501 is my true failure.  Was it my fault?  Partially, I shouldn’t have procrastonated so much.  Maybe reading the whole chapter, rather than just skimming, would have been helpful.  However, I don’t think the failure (and grades are due by Dec. 13th, so we’ll see then how big the failure actually is) is totally my fault.

As an undergraduate student in a graduate class, I was way out of my leauge.  The feedback I got from my professors wasn’t totally helpful.  They never told me how I was doing in terms of a grade (I think I’ll get a “C”, but I’m not sure.) There was constant complaining about how our book did a horrible job of explaining the concepts we were talking about.  Expectations were not clearly laid out.

So yes, I had a hard time learning from my own mediocrity.  Luckily, there are a few things I can learn from this experience that don’t make it a total failure.  One, if I ever end up teaching I now know how not to teach.  Two, the importance of not procrastinating has been reinforced for me.  Three, I know to never take a co-taught class again.

What are some of the most important things you’ve learned from an epic fail?

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2 thoughts on “What do you consider an #EpicFail?”

  1. Rachel, I think the silver lining in this situation is that you learned in spite of it all. You have now identified three things that served to classify this as a learning experience, and in my book, that’s a lot! There are no failures–just opportunities to learn how not to do things the next time around! 🙂

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