In life, things happen. There are things that disrupt the flow of our lives. I’ve had a few of those the past few weeks (some bad, some amazingly good), which I’m going to blame now for not posting last week. (Remember: good stress is still stress…)
This has been a good term, for the most part. By the middle of most quarters, I usually have a few people who make me want to be an oyster, and just wrap those irritants up tight. I find myself over halfway through this term and happy with both of my classes. They work hard, and I’ve only been getting apologies from students who aren’t as far ahead as they want. Earlier in the quarter, I asked them to do more work… and they listened.
I like my classes this term!
I don’t know if this is true for other instructors, or if this is just a pattern that occurs in my own classes. Every term seems to have it’s preferred excuses for absences. Two quarters ago, it was “Sorry, I had a family emergency” or “my kid/husband/wife got sick.” After the fourth different person told me this, I took note.
Last quarter, it was “my mom/dad/grandparent has cancer, and I’ve had to help them with [treatment/life].” I will note, that this only started happening after I revealed to one of my own students that my mother was undergoing treatment for cancer… and I suspect she told others, which generated the wave of sympathy seeking excuses. Not particularly nice on behalf of those students if that is what they were doing, but that is also why I require doctor’s notes.
This quarter it is “car troubles, and I can’t make it in.” This would bother me, if it weren’t my best students telling me this (my not so good students don’t show up, but they don’t bother making excuses either).
There are reasons why I keep the attendance policies that I do: I give some allowances for life, after that, I want real documentation. The stories that I get told I get told do move me, but I will also say that I stick with my policy. You may be a good mom/dad/husband/wife/whatever, and that is good. But I only judge you on how good a student you are… it isn’t anything personal.
So, I will understand if you decide to judge me for not posting last week. My excuse is still: stress. (Good stress and bad stress) If you want to judge me as a bad blogger… that’s fair. Otherwise, I’m still a rockstar teacher.