What are the specific steps you take with a student that falls asleep in class? Currently sleeping students are probably the second-most disjoint part of my class. It’s usually just one or two per semester, but I think my technique isn’t quite right because they keep doing it (and it’s not due to the time the class is scheduled).
#1: Man, I feel for these students. If I had a class before 10am, that was often me. I didn’t want to sleep, but sometimes I’d wake up in a puddle of drool, my penciled notes having gotten more incoherent and eventually trailing diagonally down the paper to the desk.
Even so, students should not be sleeping in class whether or not they mean to be disrespectful. Mainly I address them when they start to nod off and ask them a question. “So the p value would be… what… Mr. Smith?” “Huh? What?” [frantic whispers from the student next to Mr. Smith] “Oh, uh, the p value would be uh…” I’m mean that way.
#2: I ignore it, unless they’re snoring. It’s not too distracting and they’re only hurting themselves. I’ve done it, so I can’t carp too much.
Teaching readers, what do YOU do when a student falls asleep in your class. Everybody, have you fallen asleep in class? Any memorable moments?