|On assessments, worms, and teachers I don't know.
||[Feb. 13th, 2006|05:12 pm]
The Question Club
My college does assessments. They are held in August for all new students, right before their first semester starts.. and again in February for anyone who has 45-70 credits. Well, tomorrow is assessment day and I'm taking them. Until 5pm, classes are technically canceled. There are two assessment sessions - 9-12 and 1-4.|
The bio lecture I'm in has nine lab sections which each meet once a week for three hours. The labs are coordinated so that all nine sections do the same lab in the same week. Makes sense. My lab is 9:30-12:20 on Tuesdays, and I've got the 9-12 assessments. Yes, technically classes are canceled but in order to stay on track we're still holding class and the four of us who have morning assessments have contacted other lab instructors and are joining different classes for the week. So I'm joining a lab section Tuesday afternoon.
In this week's lab, we are working with earthworms, crayfish, and grasshoppers. This presents a pretty big problem for me, in that I am TERRIFIED of worms and my eyes water at the thought of having to touch one or even look at it. If I were in my own class working with the lab group I've gotten to know over the past month, I think it would be okay because I could tell them that I can't do it and they would understand.
But I'm not. I'm going to be in a class with students and an instructor I've never met. And I am really freaking out about this whole worm thing. I was talking to my best friend and he said I should e-mail the instructor, but I feel like that would be really obnoxious of me. She's doing me a huge favor by letting me join her class and I don't want to turn around and complain to her about it.
Sorry, this is too long. Anyway, my question is... what do I do? Should I try to suck it up and deal knowing that it will probably REALLY upset me? Should I e-mail the instructor? And if so, what should I say and what should I expect of her?