1) Do we always have to comment and questions even if we don’t have any?
I require students come to my Introduction to the College Experience class with questions.
Questions: Ever been around a 3 yr-old? They are question asking machines. You were 3 once. You could be that machine again and you would learn like you did when you were 3. Think about how many things you were taking in because your mind was set to question. I would say that if you cannot come up with any questions, you are on your way to dying. Questions are the things that keep us alive and make us strive. They send us to the moon. They solve crimes. They make art. They create cures for disease. No, questions are the most important thing you can have. They will keep you alive, never doubt it.
2) What will happen if we miss more than 3 classes because of being sick? What can we do if something came up at the last minutes and we cannot make it to class?
My class requires a 90% attendance rate in order to pass. We meet about 27 times so they can miss like 3 times. Students have some bad habits about class attendance they’ve acquired in high school, which this question seems to suppose.
Absence – You fail, automatically. Period. If you are too sick to show up for classes you need to ask yourself how you expect to pass classes. If you have a major illness, by all means take care of yourself and we can see you next semester. What do you think would happen to the class environment if some people just decided not to show up. Would that work in a workplace? What happens to people who don’t show up in the workplace?
If something comes up at the last minute, you need to do what adults do and decide what you are going to do about it. Don’t expect the other adults to accommodate you. If you need to miss, you miss. If you miss too many, you fail. That is the consequence. Adults get that. Kids expect to have an adult with authority fix the situation for them.
3) Can we be exempt from finals if we have a good grade?
Final Exemption: No. My final is a actually a self-evaluation where you look at your own work and behavior and evaluate what you did well. Why would you skip that? If my class was a big Easter Egg Hunt for the right answers and you had a full basket of eggs, perhaps that would make sense. But it isn’t and so, no exemption.