Stutter Class Contribution

Wrote about the stutter of John Hammond. Thought about how I used to have a class participation mark, early in teaching career, mid-1980s. Would take attendance, and then ask students randomly to contribute to class discussion. Class participation mark being 5%, as I recall.

Student came to my office. Said I want to give up the class participation mark, in return for you asking me no more questions.

His reason:

I had a stutter in high school. I overcame it. Now, when I am in your class, despite being prepared, I become nervous that you are going to ask me the exact question that I don’t know. I am getting tense. My stutter is coming b…b..back.

No more class participation marks. For anyone. Ever.


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