It's Friday morning, grammar quiz time as usual, and only 10 of my 16 students are here taking their quizzes. Yesterday, we had a chapter test and 4 people were absent. This is extremely frustrating for me! When students miss tests and quizzes, I have to administer them outside of class, and the rest of the students have to wait for their papers until everyone has taken the test. Thus, everyone is inconvenienced. But what irks me the most is that some of the students who miss tests and quizzes do not even bother to call me or email me to let me know what the reason for their absence was! They seem to feel that they can take tests whenever they feel like it.
While I have been writing this, two more students have arrived--another irritating thing. Many stuents apparently feel that it is perfectly acceptable to arrive late to class on a regular basis.
Naturally, if students are really sick or have a valid excuse for missing a test or a class or being late, I have no problem accommodating them. It's this cavalier attitude that "anything goes" that drives me nuts.