Reading (The Importance of)

I stopped by the bookstore today and saw that half the senior class has not picked up the book assigned for today’s seminar. (It’s not a book you can pick up easily so I can’t imagine anyone got their hands on a copy from other sources.) Matters became worse when I overheard one of the people in class comment that she’d ended up with two copies and was returning the extra one to the bookstore.

So, that makes less than half the senior class possessing the readings.

But wait! It gets better.

There’s not a copy in the library yet. There’s not a copy on reserve. No one’s borrowed my copy, either.

And judging by the level of participation, I’d say that a fair chunk of the students in class didn’t go to any heroic effort to do the readings by borrowing a classmate’s copy. When five students volunteer comments during an entire seminar class, it’s not exactly impressing me with their “mastery of the material.”

Let’s see how they manage next week when they’re assigned a chapter from another obscure book that’s only available on reserve. . . .

And, yes, there is a participation mark. It’s funny that they haven’t really cottoned onto that yet.

Should there be a pop quiz when we return to today’s book on March 5? Maybe!

4 Responses to “Reading (The Importance of)”

  1. Psychgrad Says:

    It does seem that one pop quiz would straighten out the problem pretty quickly.

  2. Matt Gabriele Says:

    That’s always stunning, isn’t it? You warn them again and again and they still don’t bother to read and/ or do the readings. There are just people out there who don’t care, I guess…

  3. Belle Says:

    I vote for the ‘reading quiz.’ And count it, so that when they fail and freak, they actually ‘get it’!!!

  4. Notorious Ph.D. Says:

    I’m down with the pop quiz. But don’t discount the possibility that they’re picking up copies elsewhere — say, used copies on half.com or Amazon.

    (It’s so unlike me not to assume the worst!)