I love teaching. If I didnâ€™t, I wouldnâ€™t do it. Iâ€™m an adjunct, so I donâ€™t make much money. I certainly donâ€™t make much money compared to the hours I work outside of class for the courses I teach.
I like my students. I like people in general.
All that said, Iâ€™ve still had students, and semesters, from hell. So I pad my syllabus. I really do want my students to do all the work on it. I expect them to do it, too. But, if the class doesnâ€™t drive me crazy by being disrespectful and rude or never coming on time, I will drop the lowest of the mid-range paper grades. I wonâ€™t drop the hardest two papers, sorry. I wonâ€™t drop the easiest papers, either. But I have five mid-level papers and I will drop the lowest of thoseâ€¦ that is not a 0.
I want all the work done, all the writing written. But I am willing to admit, no, eager to admit, that sometimes life interferes and what you hoped would be a good paper wasnâ€™t. So, if youâ€™ve written all your papers, you can drop the lowest. But I wonâ€™t drop a 0. You didnâ€™t do that paper. You didnâ€™t even try. So you deserve that 0.
I donâ€™t tell the class Iâ€™ll drop the paper at the beginning of the class, though. I donâ€™t want people expecting to drop their lowest grade. Iâ€™m afraid then they wonâ€™t try on one and when they NEED it, they wonâ€™t have it.