Sunday, April 5, 2015
"Break Creep," from Dr. Amelia.
Regardless, many flakies want a four-day weekend, so they just skip Friday as well. And at Thanksgiving, they want a whole week off (we give them Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), so they skip Monday and Tuesday. I always have a few who miss the Monday and sometimes the Tuesday after Spring break. And so it goes.
So at my school, proffies are bifurcated into the "nice" proffies who schedule less important things like group meetings or conferences or semi-related films on the days surrounding scheduled breaks. And the "mean" proffies who schedule, according to the students, "that midterm just so I can't go skiing with my family." The "awesome" proffies just cancel class entirely, but we are really not supposed to do that.
I am somewhere in the middle - I schedule things according to the needs of the material I'm teaching. I don't usually give tests on the day before a break, but I will often give an extra credit, easy, surprise quiz on that day to reward the ones who do show up.
But in the past few years, we have started getting messages from Ullr and Chione*, high up in Adminiflakia exhorting us to be "sensitive to student needs" in not scheduling vital material around the breaks. Because, heaven forbid that flakies get anything vital on a class day that they have paid for.
*Bonus points for id-ing the reference.