And so my students might think of me that way as well, given the extraordinarily large and thick glasses I wear. It's because of an eye condition that is slowly (quite slowly, actually, I'm lucky) robbing me of my vision.
Because of that I require students print their projects and essays in larger than normal fonts, with larger than normal margins. I ask for this formally each time I make an assignment. But, invariably (and are any of you surprised), more than half fail to do it. So I take the tiny print back to my office, and it makes my grading harder than it has to be.
I don't know why I've just shrugged about this. But I have, and it's bugged me.
So this semester I uttered this line at the initial discussion of the first paper. "Your paper has to be formatted exactly as I've assigned, or I won't grade it."
One student said, "What do you mean, you won't grade it? Like until we fix it?"
"No," I said. "No grade at all. Zero. F."
There was a grumbling, some harumphing, and so on. And I was nervous. What would I do when tested? Would I soldier on? Maybe I'd get fewer unreadable texts, and that would be an improvement.
And then the question came again the day before.
"You really won't grade our essays if they don't have 16 font? And those margins? And nothing but sans serif fonts? Really?"
"Yes, I said. Zeroes for all of that. Do you know how to make 16 font? Can you make margins that big? I can show you."
And then the first set came in. I could read every one of them. They were ALL done properly. They ALL matched a format I'd been requiring for years, but never getting.
You can get what you want, sometimes; this is my lesson for today.
- Dr. Bug Eye