Sometimes, I just want to vent. Sometimes, I want to yell.
Staple your papers.
Write your surname on your work before you turn it in.
Don't just stuff late work in my box or turn it in with the next day's pile of quizzes.
Take notes, and bring your notes to class.
I can't help the fact that you missed an in-class activity, nor can I think of a way for you to make up the work because it depends on other students working with you, and they've already done their part.
The list goes on. (And you should probably mentally add some expletives.)
The thing is, from a student's point of view, these are silly to get worked up about. Who cares is someone forgets to staple an essay. Really. What does it really matter?
And it's not like there are that many Jasons in the class, so why does the surname have to be there?
People forget stuff, and why should it really matter if something is turned in a day late? It's not like the prof has graded them all already.
I was sick, and had to miss class. Why can't I make it up.
And, of course, if there were one of these things at a time, it would be easier not to get worked up. If I only had one student who didn't staple work, I wouldn't care nearly as much. Sure, I could figure out if the pages got out of order, because really, how long does it take to read that one essay? What's fifteen minutes?
But I don't just have one student who hasn't stapled, or one Jason turning in work. I don't have just one student missing class to worry about, but 20-30 other people in the same class who didn't miss, and who want to go on with the next step. And it's a pain to try to keep track of 70+ peoples' work when it gets turned in at different times/places and gets into different piles.
And now I have to go off to an afternoon's schedule of meetings.
Deep breath, now, deep breath!