“It’s no use caring about their grades more than they do.”



Do not stop to wonder why they are repeating errors from their earlier papers when not only did I mark the errors then, I allot class time for students to read through their comments, ask questions about them, and make a list of things they are going to try to do better on their next paper.

It may be no use, but I’m pretty sure I do care about their grades more than they do.

On a more cheerful note, I’ve also been reading the auto ethnographer’s blog, and though I am green with envy at the pictures of the sabbatical house and town, it also makes me happy to fantasize a similar situation for myself someday.

Either I have miscounted these papers, or an awful lot of people turned them in online but not in hard copy, or didn’t turn them in at all. I don’t think I’m going to finish today, but there is hope of being done by Wednesday’s classes: another cheerful thought.

Five-minutes-later update: D’oh! I found the rest of the papers. Gah. Clearly grading, or something, is affecting my brain.


4 thoughts on “Fora words of wisdom

  1. "It's no use caring about their grades more than they do."Wow — words to live by. I'm going to post this prominently to remind myself when I start going kinds of nuts with the grading-induced frustration.

  2. Words of wisdom, indeed! I think I'm going to write "It's no use caring about their grades more than they do" on a sticky note and attach it to my computer. That will save me from some unnecessary emotional labor next time I sit down to grade.I love teaching advice. If you come up with more, please post!

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