Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Plague Upon the Undergraduates

Since I am teaching a class this semester, I am once again dealing with a student who has succumbed to one of the rites of passage of this university: mononucleosis.

I have reminded Stu about the existence of offices on campus that offer support to students with problems -- and that these students will even help honors students with mono, not just marginal students who missed two weeks of class because they were in jail.

For me the tricky part is figuring out how to fit this into my already nebulous and poorly-documented grading system, which heavily weights "participation." This is the sort of class where we all sit around in a circle and I cajole them to talk even though to them it is naptime (late afternoon).

The As for everyone strategy is seeming more and more appealing. Especially since I am writing this right now to procrastinate grading the pile of grading that sits on my desk.