I posted final grades at 2pm.
Within minutes my inbox was brimming with pleas from prodigal students, some of whom had attendance records so irregular that the names were only vaguely familiar to me; I had to double check to make sure they were actually students of mine.
Some of this afternoon’s highlights:
“Dear Professor Bow,
I just received my final grade …and I was just wondering if there is any way possible that I could try to bring up my grade to pass the class.”
SURE WHY NOT I’D LOVE TO SPEND MY UNPAID SUMMER DEVOTING MORE TIME TO YOUR GRADE THAN YOU DID THE ENTIRE SEMESTER AND THEN FIELDING GRIEVANCES FROM ALL OF THE OTHER STUDENTS WHO MANAGED TO TURN IN THEIR WORK ON TIME