Ah yes, being a TA for the first time has really opened my eyes to the crap students try to pull. To my credit, I don't think I ever did this in college. High school maybe, but not college. Let's see who the winners (losers?) are for classroom etiquette. (Note: these may not be students in my lab sections, but word gets around. Also, certain details have been altered to protect their stupidity).
-The guy who spoke to his TA, then the TA who graded his paper, and finally the professor because he wanted a re-grade and wasn't getting his way. Even though his answer was in pencil and we pointedly announced during the exam that answers in pencils could not be re-graded. He was angrily talking to the professor for five whole minutes before class started. She didn't cave.
-One of my students apparently thinks I will not notice if they are not in lab. You are not the Invisible Man. At this point in the course, I know all the faces even if I still have trouble putting names to them. I still take roll every class. Going to another section which is more convenient and claiming that I gave you permission to do so will not win you brownie points with me.
-This same student then e-mailed me asking if it was too late to sign-up for a certain activity. He had missed the sign-ups two weeks in a row.
-Several variations on "Can you please check my calculations for my lab report before I turn it in?" Sorry, no. That's called grading. I never said I would read rough drafts; I don't have time.
-And then this morning, I get this fabulously worded email. "i don't have the data. do u think u could send it to me? or should I come to ur office hours or something."
The data was sent out a week ago via email, and then followed with a message on how to find it again if they lost it. I sent them a link to the message. What really bothers me is that the report is due either tonight or early tomorrow morning and they haven't even started working on the calculations. Gah.
Something genuinely funny to wrap up:
As we slogged through grading midterms in one mass grading session, one of the TAs turned an exam over and found this written on the back:
I am going to rock you.