Why is it that the student who is so desperate to "fix" his grade by handing in "forgotten" work that "I know he did; he showed it to me" that he sends me three emails in the space of five minutes disappears the moment I reply "okay, send it along right away by return email; there might still be time to change the grade before the registrar's site makes it final"? The email system suddenly developed a serious time lag, or my message fell into a time/space warp, or something along those lines, right?
P.S. Hope he doesn't read CM., since this falls under the category of real-time blogging. On the other hand, given the time of year, what are the chances that several dozen, if not hundreds, of proffies out there had a similar experience today? I guess the only question is whether those proffies, like me, are a little too soft (and/or weighed the options of finishing the matter vs. dealing with whining emails and possibly a grade challenge over the coming weeks, and decided in favor of finishing the matter). In any case, it beats hitting "refresh" on my inbox. Stupid me; I thought he was actually going to send it.