Tuesday, August 29, 2016. 8:06 a.m. EST.
Me: Okay, class, it's time for your quiz. Close your books, put your notes away.
(Shuffling of textbooks and lab manuals and squeaking of chairs can be heard.)
Me: This quiz has six questions, which you will see up here on the screen. Please write your answer on the paper I just handed you.
Student 1: Is there going to be a word bank?
Me: (Insert eye rolling here.) Uh, not for this quiz. It's pretty simple, and I won't take off for spelling. You'll do fine.
(A collective sigh of relief reverberates across the lab benches.)
Me: Question 1: Name the three formed elements* we discussed in class last week.
Student 2: Can you tell me what you mean by formed element?
Me: No, I cannot. (Takes deep breath, tries not to lose it. Does the mental math and realizes 89 more classes to go. Smiles.)
*Formed element refers to red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, some of which are shown below.