Yikes -- Stu ignored e-mails and phone calls from a panicked partner and then flatly refused to admit he did so. Stu's partner and I decided Stu had drifted away.
Today, Stu showed up -- and (contradicting himself), both wanted to present -- without the assistance of his partner AND claimed that he thought he was scheduled for next week.
Then, Stu begged to be allowed to present next week (umm -- no, 50 minutes = 4 10 minute presentations -- that's why we have a frigging presentation schedule -- dumb ass).
Stu really needs to pay attention.
I'm being a softie and letting him write a paper, like his (former) partner. That's only because I can't be sure (former) partner actually had functional e-mail and phone info -- because (former) partner is pretty flaky.
Also, in general, this is the time of the year that they start to figure out how much it costs them to not take the on-line quizzes and participate in the on-line discussions -- in a hybrid class.
I -- on the other hand -- need to keep reminding myself that it's ok to permit them to fail. Their failures are not my responsibility and I know that failing often teaches more than a false C.