Monday, December 9, 2013
Extensions and Excuses
This term, I seem to be getting more messages that simply assume I will approve an extension. I'm not sure why. Maybe it was something in the wording of the whole-class end-of-semester reminders email, which included a reminder that anyone who wouldn't be done with the final paper by the deadline should contact me to discuss an extension? Or maybe there's a change in student behavior? Or some anomaly landed a higher-than-usual proportion of narcissists on my class rosters this semester?
Whatever the reason, I'm not feeling energetic enough to wrestle with these characters via email this week, so there will be no challenges or consequences to the self-congratulatory email writers as long as I get their work by the drop-dead deadline specified in the syllabus. But, as the instructor in a class that is supposed to emphasize adapting tone, content, etc. to the situation, audience, etc., I wonder whether I've failed somewhere along the way. Or are they just misreading the nature of the situation? Or reading it all too accurately?