"Can you tell me how I am doing in your class?"
"How many absences do I have?"
"I missed class on (insert day) because (insert family relative) died. Can I still make up the work?"
"I missed class last week because I was in the hospital. Would you please tell me everything I missed?"
- First, there is a syllabus that explains the absence policy.
- Second, there is a schedule of classes that covers what you missed.
- Third, the syllabus says you have to keep track of your absences.
- Fourth, I don't carry my whole office with me when I leave my office.
- Fifth, I have a policy where student issues should be discussed in private and not in front of the other 54 individuals waiting to ask me a question because they weren't listening in class.
When I am bombarded by 55 students at the end of a large lecture class asking questions, I tend to go a bit crazy and get a bit flustered. I may come across as rude. However unlike them, I may need to pee, catch my breath, prepare myself for the next class especially if I teach back to back. And when I don't, I want to get out of the way of the incoming class and professor because I know how slow the technology is in that room.
Students, visit your professor during office hours. They are there to HELP you not to add more torture, unlike when you jump them at the end of class when they have a full bladder or need another diet coke.