AP Calculus. Their teacher was out all week (death in the family). Spring break was the following week.
Their assignment: "Redo all AP review packets, each chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 do half notes and chapter test reviews."
As that was gibberish to me, I copied it exactly to the board. The students saw the assignment and groaned.
They explained. This was a huge assignment. It was even bigger than the one their teacher had given them over Christmas break. They were certain that the assignment was not just for the week their teacher was out, but that it was also their spring break homework. (I emailed the teacher and got confirmation that this was the case.)
So, responsible AP students that they were, they got right to work. Right?
Of course not. They spent the week playing cards.
"Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater."
I'm not sure what game they were playing. Something where they slam down on a card. And one boy used that refrain over and over and over again.
I have this image of them. Sunday, April 7th. 11 PM. Frantically copying notes.
They have no one to blame but themselves.
(To be fair, about half the class was working. And one girl even got the whole assignment finished on Thursday.)