Okay, teachers and students and former students (that's all of you), here's a question for you. Assume the following:
- 50-minute class
- Students assigned to read two short stories by Philippine-American author (also have short 2-3 page paper due today)
- First 10 minutes of class I spend reviewing Philippine-American history for context
- Then move into story discussion -- to discover that NONE of my 20+ students have done the reading
- What do you do with the next 40 minutes of class?
My solution was to dismiss them to go catch up on their reading, but I'm not thrilled with this solution, as I'm pretty sure they see it as a reward and not a punishment. They haven't internalized 'I'm paying for this class and therefore I ought to get value out of it, which I can't do if I don't do the necessary prep." I've already once had to give them a reading quiz to make them catch up on their reading -- do I have to do this every damn week? Should I have given them a reading pop quiz today and let them flunk it, to scare them into staying caught up? Do I just write today off as an unsurprising consequence of them having a paper due? Should I have kept them in class for the remaining 40 minutes -- and done what with them? Suggestions, please, as I am seriously frustrated.