This past Monday, I brought a graded midterm back to my undergraduate class. There are about 60 students in it. I had them look at the exam, we went over the problems in detail, and then I collected the exams. A few students didn't show up,
so I have been expecting to see them during the week.
One kid emailed me on Tuesday about wanting to come look at his exam, but apparently could not do it before my office hours today (Thursday). As I showed up for work this morning, he was already waiting in front of my office. We sat down, and I started going through the pile, looking for his paper, he said something about bringing me something and put a bottle of orange juice on my desk. I was quite surprised; I thanked him but declines and said he didn't need to bring presents to his teachers.
Still going through the pile, I asked him "Have you looked at your exam before?" and he said "No." I asked because I thought I had seen him in class on Monday, which would mean that he had already looked at his exam, but there are a sufficient number of students that I could not be sure. So I figured I had misremembered and that he's indeed here to look at his paper for the first time.
I found his exam, he started flipping through it, acted surprised at his middling score and asked what the average score was (which I told the students on Monday, so he would have known it if he'd been in class on Monday). And then he starts asking very specifically for extra points here and there, and he says "but you said you had given partial credit for this and that." I realized he had indeed been in the class on Monday, and saw that his exam had been marked up, with correct answers written in a red pen by him during the Monday class (he wrote the exam in pencil, and the exam was graded with a blue marker).
So the kid came in, prepared to haggle for points, armed with fucken orange juice to bribe me, and acting as though he hadn't seen the exam before. My blood pressure went through the roof. I gave him some of the points he asked for, but told him that he should be ashamed of himself for pretending he'd never seen the exam before when I had explicitly asked him about it. He acted all innocent and wondered why I was so angry and I said it's because he was trying to pull wool over my eyes and I most certainly didn't appreciate it.
I am sure I should have hidden my anger better, but I find it really hard to act all Yoda-like when someone's trying to make an ass out of me. Stuff like this makes me hate teaching... I am sure he now thinks I am the Wicked Witch, but maybe next time he will think twice before trying to pull off similar trickery on another teacher.