- Most of my students ended up doing tolerably well, I'm pleased to report. Most of them, I'd wager, ended up getting pretty much the grades they wanted. The rest of them got the grades they deserved.
- We are now in the post-finals grade-grubbing period. I will never entirely understand why students believe they can get their grades adjusted upward just by asking nicely. It's not second helpings of pie, kids; it's an evaluation of your performance. Live with it.
- Speaking of grade-grubbing, I'm amazed that some students are so self-deluded that they don't understand why they failed. Look at your grades on Blackboard, you jackass! How can any of this be a surprise?
- In one impressive case, a student seemed to believe that zi was destined to pass, despite skipping half the work throughout the semester, and failing almost all of the rest. All of this is clearly delineated in a web page to which Stu has access. How does zi not know this? And whence comes the chutzpah to ask me if I can just give hir a passing grade? I won't do this for anyone, but it seems additionally bonkers to ask it of a professor for whose class one has exhibited virtually no effort at all.
- I feel like I need to vent about this here, because my inclination is not even to dignify the grade-grubbing email with a response. Partly, this is due to my sense of principle: the grades are published, there's nothing else to be done. And partly, it's because I fear my own capacity for sarcasm under such circumstances. I don't know that I'm capable of composing an email to someone who irrationally believes they should pass, in which I point out an almost unbroken chain of disastrous failure leading to a failing grade, without sounding sarcastic about it.
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