Thursday, May 08, 2008

Someone who really deserves an 'F'

Maybe even an 'F+'!

I have a supposedly graduating senior in my freshman class (left the requirement for the end). He only comes to class on exam days. As you can imagine, his exam scores are poor. Participation is 20% if the grade and this student has ZERO. He is two points away from a D-. If he had come to ONE CLASS he would have the D-.

What an idiot.

6 comments:

CAE said...

Yikes! And I bet he will beg for leniency...

Seeking Solace said...

Yep, and claim missing class was not his fault.

Academic said...

That's pretty impressive. Did he show up on the first day to get the syllabus?

Will & Kate said...

So, what happens? Does he get the F? Or will there be pressure (his parents on the administration?) to get the D- so he can graduate????

... I'm taking notes as I'll be teaching my first classes next fall in my new job!

-K

Addy N. said...

Oh- he's getting an 'F'- there is no question. If it was contested (which I doubt), nobody higher up would question the grade. There are faculty who automatically fail students for missing fewer classes than that (like a certain percentage). The students in this class also had plenty of opportunities for extra credit, too, so he would have no case to argue. I've heard stories of some chairs and administrators siding with students, but luckily my university is NOT like that.

Kate- you might check with your new colleagues to see if they have any horror stories and get a sense of how the administrators handle these sorts of things. I think it depends a LOT on the U- some places are desperate to keep enrollments up, so they don't like to piss anyone off.

Will & Kate said...

Good. he clearly deserves it. :o)

Speaking of advice for new teachers... any good books or websites to recommend?? I'm not as much interested in teaching theory and all that (I already have several sources for that info) I'm more getting a little worried about the nitty-gritty: how best to organize all your lecture stuff? advice on test-writing, grading? handling a class, labs - that sort of thing... things that I feel like I should know if they hired me for this position! (but that I don't really!) ;o)

-K