At the beginning of class the other day,
Student: I heard we're behind.
Another student: That's what I heard too!
Yet another student: What really?!
Student replying: Yeah, well I got the syllabus in front of me and it says we are supposed to be doing Quadratic Equations right now and we have just finished the laws of exponents! How are we going to cram the rest of the topics together in rest of the semester!
And another student: What is to become of those of us who are going on to A Real College Class in Algebra that Tends to Cause Ed Majors to Cry?
And another student: Yeah! Not fair to us.
Me: If we take class time to discuss this, then we will be even more behind.
Student: Wait, I'm confused! Did you just admit that we are behind?
Me: I am not going to take class time to discuss this. I am in the process of modifying the syllabus and will pass out a modified schedule the next time we meet. I am starting the lesson now.
Me: Let's open our texts to section 12.3. Polynomials are algebraic...
Student: Excuse me Mr. EMH. I would still like an answer to my question!!
Me: I am continuing our lesson. This section on polynomials talks about how to add...
Other student: You didn't answer his question.
And another student: I can't hear the lesson because of all the complaining. Can you please start over?
Me: This is everyone's warning. Continuing to interrupt the lesson is disruptive. The next person who disrupts class will be sent home with no credit for the day. Stuff is still on the test, even if it doesn't get covered.
My God? A few weeks ago, these same people also complained that we were going too fast! They had such difficulty understanding things, that I think I watered the material down too much.
What am I going to do? And who told them we were behind? Maybe that one student who actually read the syllabus?