So I have a short unit on advertising going right now.
We viewed 4 television ads from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. We watched them in class. I posted them on the class blog. I sent the links in an email.
Sarah, my snowiest of all flakes, came to my office Friday:
Sarah: Hi, Dr. Yuri. I'm having trouble with the assignment.
Yuri: Okay, what's the problem?
S: Well, I have a special learning style and sometimes assignments are hard for me.
Y: Well, what's the problem?
S: I'm having trouble.
Y: What kind of trouble?
S: I'm having trouble doing the assignment.
Y: Do you remember the ads we watched in class?
S: No, I wasn't there. I was sick that day.
Y: Okay, have you viewed them online yet?
S: No, I can't find them.
Y: Oh, well they're on the class page. And I emailed them to you.
S: I don't think I got the email. Sometimes my email doesn't work.
Y: Do you get the other emails I send?
S: Oh yes, I read them. You're funny.
Y: Did you check the class page?
S: I forgot how to use it.
Y: Well, the address is on the syllabus. That's how you get all your assignments, remember?
S: Sometimes Jonathan gives me the information.
Y: Well, what can I do for you to help?
S: I need to know what the assignment is. I'm having trouble.
[I turn to my computer, pull the page up, and print out the instructions. I hand them to her.]
S: Oh, I have these, but I have a special learning style and sometimes things are hard for me.
Y: Do you want to go over the lab and watch the commercials now so you can get started?
S: When is this assignment due?
Y: Well, it's due Monday. You still have plenty of time.
S: Sometimes it takes me longer to get it than other students.
Y: Yes, I can understand that, though I don't have any paperwork on you needing extra time or consideration. What is this special learning style you have?
S: My 11th grade math teacher told me I had a special learning style. It's really all my own.
Y: Okay, but you need to at least watch the videos and start attempting to answer the questions.
S: Can I have an extension?
Y: You have plenty of time to get this done. It's a small assignment and you have the whole weekend.
S: I'm going home for the weekend and going to my brother's football game.
Y: Okay, but maybe you can find some time to work on it when you're not busy at home.
S: My parents have to pay for me to come home. It's really important to them.
Y: Sure it is, and I'm sure it's important for them to do your class work.
S: If I could have an extension it'd really help me, because of my learning style.
Y: I think there's plenty of time. It won't take very long once you get started.
S: When are the labs open.
Y: Well, Xxxxxxxxx Hall has labs open 24 hours a day.
S: Even at night?
Y: Yes, all day and all night.
S: Do they have the videos there?
Y: Well, you can access the internet there, and our class page has the videos. They're also in the email I sent.
S: Can I do them at home?
Y: Yes, if you have an internet connection. You can do it at home, in your dorm, or in the labs.
S: But only if there's enough time.
Y: Exactly. Good luck!
S: Okay. I missed class today. Can you tell me what we did?