What Can We Expect From Students?

I asked the 3 people who were “co-teaching” my 3 courses with me the same thing.

“At the end of the semester, please send me the students’ grade for the lab.”

“Just the lab grade? Do you also need the number of the minutes they spent at the lab or the attendance sheets for the conversation group?” the instructors asked.

“No, just give me the grade, that’s all I need.”

To be on the safe side, I also sent the same short and seemingly simple request by email.

So how many of the instructors, do you believe, sent me the lab grade?


The other two sent me a mountain of useless information which contained everything in the world except the lab grade. What is worse, the information they sent me was not conducive to figuring out the lab grade.

So I asked for the lab grade again. And again. In response, I got the lab minutes, the conversation group attendance, and God knows what else.

The only thing I didn’t get was the lab grade.

We keep complaining about our students’ incapacity to follow simple instructions but teachers are not much better.

P. S. If you are an academic, never consider going into administration. You will lose your faith in humanity and become bitter and cynical. People are great until you don’t have to supervise them.