Friday, December 6, 2013
Not the greatest way to end the semester
Thursday's class went something like this:
Me: Only three of you passed the reading quiz on Tuesday, but I'm offering you a break. Today I'm prepared to give you another reading quiz, and I will record the higher of the two quiz scores. For most of you, this will mean the difference between a 0 and something higher than a 0, so taking the quiz can't possibly hurt you. Then after the quiz we'll discuss the reading in some depth.
Annoying Student Who Can't Keep His Hands Out Of His Pants In Class: But I didn't have time to do the reading!
Me: Really? It was due 9 days ago.
ASWCKHHOOHPIC: I've been busy! This is such a waste of time!
Me: So? You don't have to take the quiz. If you're happy with a 0, feel free to leave.
ASWCKHHOOHPIC: Really? I can leave?
Me: Be my guest.
ASWCKHHOOHPIC: But I can come back later to discuss the text, right?
Me: Nope. Once you're gone, you're gone.
ASWCKHHOOHPIC: I don't have time for this.
And then he packs up his things and leaves, followed by four other students. The rest stay and take the quiz and then have a delightful and enlightening discussion of the text.
Here's the kicker: part of the text in question was printed on the quiz, so even students who hadn't done the reading could have come up with a reasonable response. All they had to do was stay in class and take the quiz.
What are the odds that ASWCKHHOOHPIC and his buddies will crucify me on course evaluations?