FAQs (Frequently Asked Quibbles)
About Dr. Knox and His Intro Classes
Every semester, I’m asked a variety of questions that aren’t quite answered in the
Unfortunately, these questions are sometimes asked only in the end-of-semester
I don’t see the evaluations until a few months after the class is over,
so there’s nothing I can do about it.
And the student asking the question left the class
frustrated, not ever hearing my answer or my explanation.
To remedy this, I’ve created an FAQ page for some of the more frequent quibbles about
my intro classes.
(I don’t get a lot of quibbles, but the ones I get, I’d like to respond to.)
This way, at least you know where I’m coming from, even if you don’t agree with me.
Why don’t you take attendance every day?
Do it every day or not at all.
First of all, I
But my own students have demanded it, in
teaching evaluations where I have been rated lower because I did not take attendance
and student attendance was low.
In other words,
was paying a professional price
chose not to come to class.
I try to make attendance-taking more educational than just roll call.
For example, the
However, when I ask a question and then grade it, it takes
me 1-3 hours to do the grading and input the grade on eLC.
If I did that for every
class, it would take me 40-120 hours a semester.
I’d rather spend my teaching-related
time working on lecture notes, demos, holding office hours, doing review sessions
before the final exam, etc.
So it’s a tradeoff.
In the future, if UGA moves
into the electronic era of clickers and
scanners, I may be able to do attendance automatically and electronically.
If so, then
I might take attendance every day at that point.
Finally, regarding attendance grades, I always drop at least one attendance check so
that if you miss one class the whole semester and I took attendance that day, then it
doesn’t hurt your grade.
Also note that in the syllabus I give some big hints regarding
when I’ll take attendance.