I've been mulling this one over for a few weeks and I'm still perplexed, so maybe someone out there in Blogland has some more insight....?
So one of my classes has had this tendency to get angry over, well, over the most bizarre things. At first I thought this was an isolated incident, but it has happened several times. Once, it was over a difficult concept that they weren't quite getting; another time, it was over an off-hand statement I made about a certain characteristic of a particular procedure that for whatever reason they didn't quite buy into. Now, I can understand feelings of frustration, or increased questioning. But my students actually got angry! Visibly angry! And upset. They did ask questions, but the questions were somewhat confrontational. I had never experienced anything like this.
So, my question: is this behavior
(b) some sort of weird alpha-male thing?
(c) just a very bizarre class dynamic?
(d) none of the above?