Another day in the office, another student asks me the time honoured question.
Hi Professor <look a bit sheepish> I wasn’t in class the other day, did I miss anything?
This is one of those moments where because they are young, and because I was once young too, I find myself suggesting that they borrow someone else’s class notes and talk to someone who was there. But every now and again I get this urge I have to suppress to respond in one or more the following ways.
- No. You missed nothing. I come here only to entertain myself, frankly you’d be better off talking to your cat to get the answers to your midterm/homework.
- Yes, you missed approximately 1.5 hours in which I lectured, the students discussed, we conducted some group assignments, I provided feedback. Now go and write me an essay about why that might constitute missing something in class.
- Actually I told the people who bothered to show up what questions were going to be on the final. And I made them promise not to tell you.
- Really, seriously?