Tuesday, November 18, 2014
If It's Tuesday, Hiram Must Be Baffled By Add/Drop Week.
So, when the time came, I looked at my undergrads and saw about 10-15% of them really with almost no chance to make it; about 10% already locked up with a high B or A, and the rest in the middle, with all of their options still open.
I did my normal classroom speech about it, about 30 seconds. I even said, "If you want to know if you're borderline or not, just let me know and I'll go through your grades."
Of course nobody took me up on that.
But then last week when I went into my classes, ALL of the failing students were still there, smiling, seemingly secure in their paths. AND, about 5-6 PASSING students were not. I raced back to my office, checked the add/drop page, and sure as shit some kids who probably would have made it bailed after my warning.
I feel like an idiot. Should I just have targeted to talked to the failing kids? Did I owe more transparency than I gave? I have an open office door and most students come to see me at least once in the two mandated appearances I make them schedule.
I can't help but feel I bounced some kids because I wasn't more clear.