MIDTERM RANT TO FOLLOW.
Y'all, I don't get it. I don't go around forcing strangers to sign up for classes they a) can't attend because they have work/kids/a thrice-weekly anal bleaching at our meeting time or b) can't manage the coursework or c) don't want to try to manage the coursework. So, how am I to blame when grown ups who signed up for the class and are aware of the course policies from day one fail my classes?
Two examples from today:
One student emailed because she was unhappy with her midterm grade. "Needless to say, I didn't expect an F." Really? Because, needless to say, you actually have to a) show up b) do the reading and c) do the homework to pass class. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S A LIT CLASS! Like, you're not doing the reading? Then you're not doing the learning—why should you pass?
Example 2: a student who emailed because she missed the last two workshops and our midterm conferences. She started with this little gem: "I guess I was unaware we had a workshop today." Alrighty, folks. If you're in college, please follow your course calendar. Your instructor gives them to you for a reason. Also, maybe check the text of the email you're replying to: does that email say, "Next time we meet, you'll need two copies of your revised rough draft for workshop"? If it does, you can't really claim ignorance. REALLY.
She then went on to say, "I'm concerned about how this will affect my grade." Uh... negatively? Off the top of my head, that's what I'm gonna hafta go with. Yeah... negatively.
Sorry, y'all, but I just don't get this. And I probably never will. But I did need to vent. I mean... REALLY?!