This semester I tried to kick back "incorrect" or poorly formed essays to all students all semester long without grades. Resubmits. I was tired of putting Cs and Ds and Fs on early papers when it was clear that the students simply didn't fucking pay attention to the assignment or the guidelines.
It was my pleasure. I wanted better papers, and I was sick of slogging through clearly failing papers when I could see how simply a better layer of understanding would take them to a passing grade.
And it didn't work. Students dragged their feet, didn't meet me for remediation, didn't go to the writing labs, didn't turn much of the stuff back in, taking zeroes along the way instead of putting in a couple of one hour revision sessions.
I kept bringing it up, lightly at first. "Hey, get those resubmits in! They're zeroes if you don't finish them." And then later, "Hey, we're on the third essay now and about 6 of you still haven't turned in the first essay resubmits."
At the end of my grading I sat looking at a sad scattering of zeroes on my grade sheet. Some of those zeroes (instead of say a C or a D) took those students' grades to Ds and Fs. (I will also admit I notched a couple of the better writers up to passing in these cases, especially when I had a preponderance of evidence from other essays that they would thrive at the next level.
Fuck me. I won't do it like that again, maybe a modification.
But for today's Big Thirsty, because I see there isn't one yet:
Q: What Did You Fuck Up This Semester & How Are You Going to Fix it?