Yesterday I failed to track appointments on the Professor Conference Chart. Three students who requested time with their beloved professor were neglected and received none of my particular brand of interference. Thursdays I’m booked all day, so I have re-scheduled those students for FRI NOV 13. I’m very sorry for the trouble I caused, and I understand Friday might not be ideal for you, so don’t hesitate to swap times if that helps. Anyone else who needs a conference should check in right away.
Followed by Fair Warning
TUE DEC 08 will be our last full-class meeting for the semester. By then, your end-of-semester Portfolio will be complete, will have been double-checked for completeness, and will be available to your Professor for final grading.
During Finals Week FRI DEC 11—THU DEC 17, instead of meeting as a class, and instead of having a Final Exam, you’ll meet with your professor one time in a one-on-one in a Zoom room to conduct your “Final Grade Conference.”
Between today and THU DEC 03, when your PORTFOLIO IS DUE, only 4 classes remain, and 21 days.
Between today and TUE DEC 08, only 5 classes remain, and just 26 days.
If you’ve been keeping up, by now you have posted your 3 short arguments (Definition, Causal, and Rebuttal), and your Visual Rhetoric Rewrite, have a robust White Paper, perhaps one or more short argument rewrites, and will have no trouble posting the first draft of your Research Position Paper by next THU NOV 19.
There are no special Deadlines for your Short Paper Rewrites, but when your Portfolio is due, on THU DEC 03, you’ll need two Rewrites (out of the 3 Definition/Causal/Rebuttal set) AND a Visual Rhetoric Rewrite.
If you haven’t posted your 3 short arguments, you are now hopelessly behind.
There is no longer time to interact with your Professor over all three of your Short Arguments, receive meaningful feedback, post significant Rewrites, and prepare to compile the results into your Research Paper.
If you’re in that unenviable position, I will change your status on the blog tomorrow, FRI NOV 13, from Author to Contributor. You will be able to write new posts but not publish them to the blog.
When you can’t publish, you’ll be forced to contact your beloved professor for assistance, which is exactly what has to happen at this stage of the semester.
I apologize for this drastic measure, but I can’t take the chance that students who have neglected the course work for 22 classes will try to pull off the miracle of compelling their beloved professor to do much of the work for them on a terribly strict deadline when what he MUST do instead is help more conscientious students perfect the work they’ve already posted.