If you've read more than a couple academic blogs, you've read about how we find certain student actions really frustrating. The student who misses class and then asks if anything important happened? Yes, frustrating. The student who asks one of us to repeat what was said in class discussion or lecture? Yes, frustrating?
Yesterday, I participated in a panel discussion lasting over an hour and a half.
And when I got back to my office, I had an email from a colleague:
I was too busy [detail about busyness] to go to the panel today. Could you give a summary of the discussion at the next department meeting?
I would love to point out to the colleague how much his email sounds like the sort of student request we all find irritating, but I won't, of course.
We all make choices about what we'll spend our time on, all of us, all the time (not just profs, all of us). I spent time last summer working on this project, I spent time at meetings this year working on this project. I spent time prepping for the panel. And then I spent time at the panel, listening to what others had to say and contributing to the discussion. (I didn't take notes of the panel discussion; it was interesting, but I didn't find the information new in ways that prompt me to take notes.)
I do not plan to spend time trying to reconstruct in some meaningful way the discussion so that I can present it to the department. Nope, the people who chose to go and participate, did so.
(But, as you'll have realized, I did spend a few minutes whining on my blog.)