Friday, February 21, 2014
Contemplative Cynic writes in the grandest style of literature - a top ten list
10. "Are we going to be tested on this?"
Only asked when students are asked to write something down.
9. Similarly: "Can you tell us what's going to be on the test?"
You do know what a test is for, right? If I tell you what's going to be on it, it's no longer a test. However, everything we have covered so far is up for grabs.
8. And accompanying that: "Are you going to give us a study guide?"
Yes: it's called the TOC and your notes.
7. "I don't know. It was just really confusing" seems to be used when students didn't read clearly and think that this phrase now means they are excused from understanding what they were supposed to have grasped.
6. "When are you going to be in your office?" means they basically want to contest a grade or give an excuse in person but will likely never show up if it means expending effort.
5. "Do you have a stapler?" No explanation needed.
4. "Do we have to write this down?" Why are you asking this? It's college.
3. "Oh, is that due today?" or "You didn't tell us that was due today." RTFS.
2. "I always got A's in high school." No you didn't.
1. "Can we get extra credit for [insert inane nonsensical behavior that has nothing to do with learning or the course]?" Grrrrrrr.