Midterm grades- spike in work

I handed out midterm grades on Wednesday of last week. Most people took their report cards home today, but my students already knew what they had.

What I found hilarious, and telling, is that normally I have between five and eight people turn in the regularly scheduled extra credit work. Over the weekend 24 of my 31 students did it!

I'm thinking they noticed their grades weren't as good as they expected. Or that they should get ahead now. After Thanksgiving there is only one extra credit project available and it is a doozy. (Memorize 150 lines of a poem.)