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25 October 2006 @ 05:53 pm
Is it wrong of me to expect the Friday sections to turn in response papers that day when the midterm paper is due as well? These response papers are meant to be two paragraphs maximum, and are not graded; their only purpose is to make sure that students will come to class prepared to talk about something. But the TF who teaches Friday sections has apparently been getting requests to cancel that week's response papers (though they are still having section, as far as I know).

Not to be all "Back in my day" or anything, but it never would have occurred to me to ask that an assignment just be canceled outright--even if I asked for an extension for myself (though the only extension I ever actually asked for in college was when I had a paper due the same day as my thesis, and I only asked for a day. Then I got to grad school and somehow became the Princess of the Half-Day Extension, because all the dread and fear of failure basically kept me from writing half the time...but anyway).

But mainly--dudes, it's two paragraphs. Tops. There are no grades on them. They're on texts that you were supposed to have read last week (as sections are staggered a week behind the lectures). Just pick something you scribbled in the margin and go.

Am I being unreasonable? Am I expecting more than the students can actually do (as opposed to "more than they want to do," which I suspect is a different thing entirely)? I don't *think* I am, but maybe it's like being crazy, and you can't actually tell when you're in the grip of the madness.
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