OK, people, enough is enough. I rarely get angry with my students but now I’ve had it with them. More specifically, with my 3 pm section. Every Friday, up to 70% of the class is absent because it’s sunny outside. Or it’s raining outside. Or it’s cold outside. Or it’s warm outside.
I can’t change my syllabus and stop teaching on Fridays just because these folks are more obsessed with the weather than Miss Marple. I introduce important material in these scheduled lectures but they don’t show up and then expect me to repeat the same stuff on Monday.
So now the next quiz in this section will be based in its entirety on the material we have covered during Friday lectures. And if 70% of students get a zero on the quiz, well, oopsie daisy. And a third of the final exam will cover this material, too. Coupled with a failed participation grade, quite a few people who need this course to graduate will not be attending the graduation ceremony in December.
I see myself not only as a teacher but also as a pedagogue. If this is the only way to teach people that in the world of adults actions have consequences, then so be it.