As I have said earlier I teach undergraduate Genetics recitation. The format of the class is that there is one problem assigned for each class which is listed on the syllabus. The students should have worked out the problem before hand (Ideally speaking Of Course) or if they do not understand it I will help them with it. For weeks I was just doing the problem for them largely because nobody ever looked at it. After asking and explaining to students that it is in their best interest to have read and at least attempt to solve the assigned problem for recitation I finally tried something different. I put the problem on the blackboard and just sat down in my chair. I basically said that I am not giving any answers until somebody at least comes and attempts to setup the problem and try to solve it. Two students left and after a couple of minutes somebody finally got up and tried to do it. The students also tried to help the volunteer to solve the problem. I plan to do this for every class onwards. Is this being too harsh? Asking for too much perhaps? I don’t think it is, these are bio-majors usually about juniors to seniors in college. By now they should be able to handle only one problem assigned in advance at the beginning of the semester. So what are your thoughts??