Okay. I've read all the posts comparing class absence policies and classmates. Let's compare profs. Does anyone have a particularly harsh prof when it comes to the socratic method?
All of my profs at least cold call, but there is one particularly bad one. This guy picks one student and directs all of the questioning at that person for the whole hour. The only exception is when someone raises their hand to answer a question that the hot seat person doesn't know. That "helper" gets thrown into the mix too. I learned that the hard way on the first day when I volunteered the transalation of inter vivos. luckily, there were only 10 minutes left. Now no one is getting help from anyone. The really strange part is he knows little trivia facts about each person he calls on. It's as if he picks one person off his roster before class, reads their admission's file, and then calls on them as soon as he walks in the room. The first day of class he walked in, the room got quiet, and he stood there and stared at us for about a minute. Then the first words we ever heard out of his mouth were, "Ms. Smith, can you tell me what happened in Teson v. Vasquez. I understand you live in the neighborhood where this dispute occurred." No sh-t. the girl really did live there. And, he just launched right into it. No explanation of the syllabus or anything.