Gave a midterm exam today in an arts appreciation course. This young lady who, frankly, has had an attitude since day one (she was texting while I went over the syllabus about texting and I used her as an example of what not to do, but I was being funny about it, only she just glared at me)was on her phone throughout the exam. I'm giving her a 0 for the test. I mean, what would make anyone at all--ever--think it's okay to use their phone during a test? Anyway, it's not like I've had it out for her or anything, but I will say that it's annoying that on the day we review for the exam, a student sits in class for approximately two minutes, then picks up her stuff and leaves. Never mind the fact that the student attends a class in the same classroom immediately following the class I teach, and said student comes back for said second class, as I'm talking to students with legitimate questions. Said student then asks a question related to essay that's due in one day (major question, like, "We need to have citations?") demonstrating the fact that she has clearly not looked at all at the assignment although it's been assigned since the first day of class, two months ago. Said student seemed upset at the idea that the midterm was not going to be multiple choice, and was miffed when I said that multiple choice exams were idiotic and did not give students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the course material.
My first book, Prose. Poems. a Novel., is now available as a Google ebook. It's cheap, much cheaper than the physical book (although I'm partial to the latter), and I'm donating some of the sales $ to a relief fund for victims of the recent Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster.