Tuesday, December 27, 2011

If You're Going to Argue For Higher Grades ...

... at least use decent grammar!

I was completely out of email contact over Christmas from about the 21st-26th. I'm so glad. One of my students, who should have been able to get their grades on 12/17, emailed me on the 21st about their grade.

This particular student needed a C for their Hamster Caretaking program, and was still getting a D in early December when they asked me about their grade. They had missed a lot of classes and assignments. I responded, after some calculating, that if this particular student could get a "perfect score" on the remaining assignments (including a written paper), they might be able to pull off the C.

They didn't. Their grade was posted on Blackboard on 12/13, grades were submitted by 12/16.

The email from this student on 12/21 said, "i don't understand why i got a D you told me if i did everything that you told me i would of been able to get a C. i don't know what to do now because i tryed my best to do everything you said to earn that C"


I don't think this particular student should be taking care of hamsters anyway.


  1. But Prof GaG, your student just LURVES hamsters and knows the care and feeding of hamsters is his/her life's calling!

    Oh, and p'shaw, capitalization, punctuation and spelling matter not in the aforementioned LURVE of hamsters.

    Just remember, I get the same students, offering the same lament, but mine are graduate level and want to help the much more complex wombat!

  2. You must remember that the phrase "might be able to" translates to snowflake as "absolutely" and that "perfect score" translates to "just turn in what you've got".

  3. P from P, you have mad translation skills, yo.

  4. I get a lot of nursing majors in my class, and they typically don't pass. A few squeeze through and I really hope they are stopped somewhere else along the line. It's horrifying to think they might be in a position to help someone, or make a lifesaving decision, but they are too busy texting or staring blankly into space or their own drool puddle. Now each time I encounter a nurse for my own personal care I am overcome with the urge to quiz them.


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