Proctoring senior finals is hilarious. In our county, seniors only have to take final exams if they miss more than three days or if they have below a 70 in a class. The exams are self-scheduled, so they show up in the cafeteria, pick up their finals from the proctor, and take them for however long they see fit. Usually, this is approximately 10-25 minutes.
Today, I had the honor of proctoring from 2:30-4:30 on a Friday afternoon. This was the absolute LAST block in which seniors could come take their exams before grades were due at 5:00. So basically, it was me and the A team in there. The slackerest of the slackers (and I say this in a completely loving way.) At least three kids were clearly high. More than 50% didn’t bring pencils. Five were in pajamas. Three of the kids literally “finished” their exams in five minutes or less. As I collected the completed finals and dutifully put them in my proctor folder, I started thumbing through their answers. Here were some of the gems:
- Instead of actually answering any of the questions on his Physics final, one guy scrawled the following across his exam: “Hey Mr. C, we should totally play frisbee golf, bro. Hit me up.” He then wrote out his cell phone number, and on the back page of the final, explained, “Yo this exam is boring, but I loved your class, man.”
- One student’s math final looked promising; he had actually circled answers to the first page questions. But then, when he got to the free response section, he simply wrote “Not multiple choice…” and drew an X through the page.
- On his Chemistry final, one kid scrawled “YOLO” in huge bubble letters.
I love seniors.