Sunday, December 18, 2011

Thinking about next time at semester's end

As I'm getting ready to post grades (now all in--yay!), I look at the Excel spreadsheet and it talks to me.
  • Why, oh, why, didn't student X show up more and, you know, make an effort? S/he should have been an A student.
  • Next time, don't be so tenderhearted in marking their first papers.
  • Really, you made that assignment worth THAT much?
  • Next time, arrange the semester so that you're not giving up writing for grading for the last three weeks of it.
And now it's time to get back to writing, which fell off hugely once I stopped doing the 750words thing.

4 comments:

Ink said...

"Next time, arrange the semester so that you're not giving up writing for grading for the last three weeks of it."

Instantly adopting this, too. Thank you.

Dame Eleanor Hull said...

Gosh, your list of reflections sounds a lot like mine. Especially "don't be so tender-hearted." I don't even think of myself as tender-hearted, but this year I was. Either that, or they tried a lot harder the first time than subsequently.

undine said...

Ink--so glad you are back! I hope we can stick to those resolutions.

Dame Eleanor--I hope they did try harder! In my class, it was weakness on my part, I'm pretty sure.

Ink said...

Thanks, Undine!

I hope we stick to it, too. Just finished grading today, whew.