I think about those questions #RAYRAY asks in the beginning of each class constantly, and I’m sure I’m not alone on this. Sometimes I even jot them down to ask friends the same questions later. When I’m running late for class, my biggest concern/fear is not the consequence (or judgment) that may result from my tardiness (sorry, Ray), but that I’ll miss one of my favorite parts of class – the attendance question. For those of you writing minors who haven’t had the opportunity to take a class with #RAYRAY (ok, I’m going to stop using the hashtag because it’s starting to get annoying – why do people even hashtag things that aren’t clickable? Interesting potential capstone project for you youngins to consider later…), I’m sorry. And if you have the opportunity to do so, I highly encourage it.
One of my favorite questions was posed last year in Writing 220. It went something along the lines of “even if it’s not true, would you rather have everyone know you as a slut, liar, or stupid?” (Again, this is paraphrasing, so if you were in that course and remember it verbatim, please feel free to correct me!) I answered slut because it says more about the character of the person who is saying it about you (for judging your behavior and choices) than it does about you.
These attendance questions have never failed to evoke interesting discussions, as well as allow me to get to know my peers on a deeper level and, ultimately, improve our classroom community and dynamic. A few questions (since we obviously love questions!) I have for all: What are some of your favorite Ray Ray questions? Where do you think he got this idea? What specifically about the nature of these questions makes us so excited for them?