Hey, Kyle, what’s up? Ah, you’re worried about your grade. I see. You realize today is the last day of the term? Uh huh, sure, I guess now would be a good time to worry, that makes sense. No, I don’t know what it will do to your grade if your final gets a bad grade. Well, because I have 185 students, and also because I’m unsure on the math in terms of the exam against your personal, cumulative percentage, which I also don’t have memorized. It will be what it will be, I guess. What is your grade currently?
Ah, it’s a low D. And this surprised you? Well, I don’t know “how it could be a D-” either, off hand. What did you get on the mid-term? Okay, and the major paper? Mm-hm, and the presentations? Ah. So, considering you got a D on the mid-term, a D on the presentation and didn’t do the major paper, I might think your current grade would be, well, less of a shock. No, I’m not trying to make you feel bad. I just wonder if you could have seen this coming, say 2 months ago when you didn’t turn in the major paper. How come you didn’t turn it in? Forgot. Sure, that makes sense.
Sorry, I don’t know where that coughing fit came from.
Anyway, yes, I understand – you’re worried about your grade. What are you wanting to see happen? Ah, your concern is that I didn’t do enough to help you, is that right? So the phone calls home? The progress-reports? The reminders to come get help? My website where I list every assignment and upcoming due date? The 24-hour a day access to your assignments and grades online? You know you have access to that information online 24 hours a day, right? Every assignment, every due date, every grade? You do; good. And when did you last check it? Okay, see “never” is probably not the best approach to monitoring your grades. Regardless, what is it you’re wishing I’d done, exactly, that I didn’t do? You don’t know. Hm, that’s a tough one, Kyle, because I don’t know either. I’m not sure what the plan of action is, that you’re looking for here.
Okay, yes, you’ve already said that you’re really worried about your grade. See, that’s still not actually doing anything about it. What is it you’re wanting to do? No, there’s really no extra credit you can do in the next hour to bring it up to a B. Well, yes, I mean, I guess you could try to go write the paper and turn it in. That would certainly help. We did spend a month on that, and it requires 5 peer-reviewed sources, but I suppose you could try. It’d still be 2 months late, of course.
Mmmm, I’m pretty sure that’s fair, Kyle.
See, that doesn’t give me hope, Kyle. Because I don’t think your parents will “literally” kill you if you don’t get a B. First off, if that’s “literally” true, we need to go to the police. But, secondly, considering that the final was about examining the literal and figurative meanings within One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, your last statement doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in the quality of your final, grade-wise, regardless of your level of sudden worry, which you have made clear…
Okay, you know what? I’m going to write down on this piece of paper right here that you are “Really, really” worried about your grade, and I will definitely keep that in mindwhen I’m entering grades. How’s that sound?
Yes, great. Okay, I will look forward to the call from your parents. Thanks for the heads-up.