To my students in English XXX—
I know there was a paper due to Blackboard before the beginning of class today. In fact, I planned a somewhat fun, no-preparation-required group exercise to be completed during class because I knew many of you would be tired after rushing to finish up the paper (even though you’ve theoretically been writing pieces of it for homework for the last 2.5 weeks), and wouldn’t complete, or possibly even notice, any preparation I did try to assign. In short, I really tried to accommodate the realities of the situation. So, after I’d explained the exercise and told you to begin work in your groups, did 1/3 of you really have to line up in front of my desk to discuss the problems you had completing and/or turning in the paper? Couldn’t you have waited for the end of class, or even office hours, or sent me an email? Since when does “begin work with your groups” sound like “if you’d like an individual in-class conference, now’s the time”?