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These students haven't been submitting any work all quarter (hence the need to drop), but they keep coming to class. They participate in discussions when they can (since they don't read, their participation is limited to general comments), they don't seem to have a poor attitude about being there, and they keep coming. One asked permission to keep coming, claiming that he needed the structure to his day or else he would sleep all day. The others just keep showing up. When I told them that in college they don't have to keep coming, they shrugged and said, "We know." Some of them claimed they just enjoyed the class and wanted to keep coming. One comes and works on other homework (quietly, in the back row). One said she was embarrassed for her friends to find out that she had dropped and asked if she could keep coming so they wouldn't find out.
What do you make of this? Are they secretly hoping that by coming to class faithfully, I'll just pass them? Do they really not GET that they don't have to keep coming after they've dropped a class, or if there is no hope of passing? I'm thoroughly perplexed by this.