Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What Would You Do Wednesday: Scenario 13

Each week we will bring you a short scenario to address issues that you, your colleagues and students might face. How would you respond to these scenarios? Would you file a report, or do something different? Talk to your colleagues about these situations - the classroom should be a safe learning environment for students AND instructors!


It’s mid-quarter, and one of your students, Steve, is struggling with attendance, participation and grades. You have offered help multiple times, even asking him to stay after class one day so you could set up an appointment. When he said he is busy and had no time to meet outside of class, you offered to do a conference in Canvas when it was convenient for him. Still he refused. When the mid-quarter exam rolled around, you offered multiple study sessions for the entire class, hoping that Steve would be able to attend at least one of them. The day of the exam arrived, and Steve entered the classroom looking and sounding confident. When you handed him the exam he said, “I’m going to ace this one! I’ve been studying all night!” You responded  “Good luck, Steve!” The exam is underway and suddenly a lock down drill is announced. You completely forgot that your building was scheduled for a practice drill that day, and you were required to close the door, turn out the lights, and move students away from the window. This of course completely disrupted the exam. While everyone was quiet during the drill, when class was over Steve angrily walked up to your desk, slammed down the exam, and said, “Well, I blew that one thanks to you! Thanks for scheduling an exam during a drill!” You start to offer an explanation but Steve stomped out of the room. What should you do the next time you see Steve and the rest of the class?

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