Well, I finally reached breaking point with my 8:00 a.m. class this morning and sent out the following bright and cheery letter this morning:
It is 8:03 a.m. Monday morning of the last week of the semester before finals, and so far, four people have shown up out of 18. This has been a terrible pattern lately. I realize this is a little bit after the fact, but you should not be missing class. Oversleeping, outside of the rare one or two occurrences, is not an excuse--set your alarm across the room or set two alarms. There are practical ways to ensure that you get up on time. In a real world job scenario, if you did not make it to work, you would be let go without much ceremony. Again, serious illness is a valid excuse, as is a close death in the family, but otherwise you should be here if you want to pass the class, especially now. Workshop days, though they lack the lecture element, are important--you get out of them what you put into them.
Guys, I hate to be the mean teacher who lectures her class on courtesy, but when 4-7 students are the average for three weeks straight, when there are 18 students enrolled in the class, we have a problem.
I expect to see any of you that want to take the remainder of the semester seriously on Wednesday morning, Friday morning, and the morning of the final exam. Otherwise, do not be surprised when you get your grades and find that you're going to have to retake 101.
Again, guys, I don't say these things to be mean or harsh; however, they need to be said and to be taken seriously.