Yesterday marked the first full week of the term, and the end of the drop/add period. There have been a few names on my roster that haven't shown. It's the usual. I wait the week, then remove them from the list. Inevitably, one or two of those names waltz in after that first week, and I usually tell them they are too late,and have missed too much work already. That always turns out to be a hassle. They whine and cry about not knowing they had my class, or that they didn't have their schedules/books/whatever yet. While admin talks about refusing late registration, they actually encourage us to accept these students anyway- bodies in the seats, I guess.
So, I avoided the hassle this term when Silvano with a Swagger entered my class 4 minutes late and took a seat. I just asked him his name. "Silvano with a Swagger," he said, seemingly surprised that I didn't already know this. "Ok. See me after class," said I. I proceeded as usual.
After, he approached me and said, "Hey."
"I'm Silvano...with a Swagger. You told me to see you."
"Oh yes. You missed a full week of work already, so you'll..."
Silvano with a Swagger cut me off, "Yeah, I know, but I just got here."
Just last term, I would've asked why, but I've realized that it just doesn't matter. I would've been annoyed that he cut me off, but I wasn't. Instead, I just said, "Ok. You've missed a full week of work. Download the syllabus, complete assignment one, and see if a classmate can share notes with you."
Silvano with a Swagger looked dumbfounded. "Well, can't you just give me that stuff?"
"No," I said, "I gave everyone that 'stuff' the first week of class, when you weren't here yet. You'll have to get it yourself. See you Monday," and I left.
It felt good.