Thursday, September 27, 2007

Yes, you really DO have to turn in the paper on the day it's due

I really think my freshman comp students are on crack. Are anyone else's freshmen on crack? Where are they scoring all this crack, and how can I get some?

Thursday, and exhausted. That is all.

6 comments:

Bardiac said...

Oh, yeah. And do-overs! I hate requests for do-overs! (As opposed to revision, which has a place in my writing classroom.)

heu mihi said...

Oh, the stories I could tell you, already.

The shockingly bad mood I was in earlier this week had a couple of its roots in Freshman Comp.

Unfortunately, I don't feel comfortable divulging the details on the Interwebs. Oh well. Friday is today, at least!

Fretful Porpentine said...

And yay, I don't have freshmen on Friday! This makes me very happy.

I guess it's kind of a good thing that three of them haven't turned in their first papers at all, and one of them turned in one page of what is probably crap? Less work for me over the weekend?

luckyjane said...

Maybe it's just my school, but I've found some of them to be on crack all four (or six or however long it takes people now) years. You're dead on, Porpentine, about the professorial attitude toward these fools: at the same time we're indignant and annoyed, we're also a little relieved to delay some of the grading. But that delay just messes up our work schedules, provoking more indignation. In these instances, I've found a little red wine works as well as I imagine crack would.

roaringgrrl said...

My fave comment to students who want to turn in late work? "Sucks to be you. No."

roaringgrrl

Fretful Porpentine said...

Maybe it's just my school, but I've found some of them to be on crack all four (or six or however long it takes people now) years.

It's funny, because at my graduate university, I used to get tons of upperclassmen in my lit classes who were apparently on powerful drugs, but very few in comp. It was a state school with a large and very regimented comp program, and I guess after a few years, the word spread among the students that you don't mess around with freshman comp, or you WILL fail.

On the bright side, most of my lit students this semester seem to be reasonably sane and sober, but then, they haven't had papers yet.