First, I would like to propose something smaller than a Big Thirsty. Why? I'm not terribly thirsty, just curious. The weekends often seem to calm down here, and I propose a Saturday Sippy--like a wine tasting, but for general teaching/pedagogical inquiries. I want a sip, not a guzzle a la Big Thirsty.
My Saturday Sippy is this: Is it ethical to only have high-stakes assignments (i.e. midterm and final only, homework recommended/small portion of grade) rather than more of a hand-holding style classroom (daily graded homework, frequent quizzes, in addition to examinations)? Without outing myself, the traditional pedagogy in my field leans more towards hand-holding. The truth behind my question is that I don't want to work any longer/harder than absolutely necessary to do the minimum for my new, more autonomous and shittier paying job.