Month: December 2021


Background from Instructor: The final paper has been assigned since day one of the Fall semester. Drafts were due at different points in the semester, and the deadline for the final paper was set for the last class.

Email from student: I have been working diligently to complete my final paper although I still have work to do. I am about to head home for semester break to celebrate the holidays with family and was wondering if I could get an extension for my final paper. I will have it submitted to you no later than New Year’s Day (or shortly after). 


A Crowbar?

Background from Instructor: I got an email from a student asking where they could find the reading on A Crowbar. It took me a few seconds but then I realized that they meant Alfred Louis Kroeber, an important anthropologist and Ursula K. Le Guin’s dad!

Email from student:  Where do I find the reading by A Crowbar?


Grades are final?

Background from Instructor: It’s his third time taking Calculus with me….first two times he got a Low Pass, this time an F (with a 33 on the final exam. The mean was a 73). And my email to students announcing grades were posted said “Grades are final and based on the breakdown in the syllabus. Please don’t ask for extra credit or ways to improve your grade.”

Student’s email: I saw that final grades have been posted and I saw that I did not do well on the final. I know you said there were no extra credit opportunities, and not to ask if there was anything I could do to bring my grade up. I studied very hard for this final and it hurt me to see that I came up short. What can I do, if anything to bring my grade up, or will I have to prepare to take Calc I again. 


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