Tuesday night I had a quiz scheduled for my Java I class. At least I call them quizzes. Everyone knows they are exams, but calling it a quiz is an attemtpt to lessen the pressure. I count the overall grade on the quizzes as 25% of the total grade and count their best 5 out of 6, so each quiz is really 5% of the total grade, with one mulligan.
Projects (aka homework: programs they have to create) counts 50% of the grade. The final projects, which are individually created to be different for each student, counts 20% and the catch-all “classroom participation” is the other 5%.
Anyway, after letting them ask any question they wanted for the first 15 minutes, we started the quiz at 6:15pm. At around 6:35 one of my students finished (she’s good!), asked when she should return and went to her car “to chill.”
At 6:40pm the alarms went off.