Midterm day On midterm

October 14, 2003



Midterm day

On midterm day I get a good look at the oddities of the student at a modern urban university. Most students show up and take the exam - I try to build a moderate level of stress to get them to study. A few students do not show up. I was the good teacher and called them (why did you think I collected your contact information at the start of the semester.) Two were in court, one as a witness the other as a police officer. One had been in a car accident a day earlier, two more have mentally ill parents.

I assume that the stories are true - most are, and the folks who would rather lie than take a midterm are folks who will bomb the makeup just as well as if they had bombed the actual exam. I will print out many copies of the makeup exam, it will be harder than the real exam, and my office will be very crowded on Thursday afternoon.

In the meantime, I will do what I can to comfort them, for we all need comfort.

Posted by Red Ted at October 14, 2003 06:50 AM | TrackBack