Oh, hello, student I failed last semester.

There’s nothing more awkward as a teacher than bumping into students you’ve failed in the past.

Brian Rowe
Apr 23, 2019 · 5 min read
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I’ve certainly had my awkward moments as a teacher.

But to me absolutely nothing is more awkward than bumping into a former student who you either failed or gave an extremely low grade to.

It’s bumping into a student that you gave a low score to that can ruin your day in a blink.

And that’s when I realized it: she was one of two students I gave a D last semester.

But that instance doesn’t even come close in the level of awkwardness to two more I’ve had recently.

And I remembered it, immediately: I’d failed him on the first two essays, and then he dropped the class.

The worst run-in of all happened in March.

Then the waiter arrived to take our order, and I let out a loud gasp.

And then there he was, after all this time, taking my goddamn order at Red Robin.

Looked under the fries for anything unusual — a bloody Band-Aid perhaps.

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