SciWo reports from grading jail

i-9dc84d4d9156dccb30d5f62466b4219a-swblocks.jpgAlice is right, I have been locked in grading jail. For my amusement, and for the sake of posting something, here's a look at how I've been doing my hard time:

  • Number of intro-level papers graded: 72
  • Number of intro-level papers to go: 0 (WooHoo!)
  • Number of multiple choice questions ready to go in Blackboard for the final exam: 60
  • Number of emails received from intro-level students in the last week: greater than 30
  • Number of those emails asking how to calculate their grade or when the final exam is: greater than 20
  • Number of upper-level papers submitted: 22
  • Number of upper-level papers yet to be graded: 22 (Eeek!)
  • Amount of money spent on soda and chips for a final exam slot scheduled from 11 am to 2 pm and during which we'll be listening to presentations: $15
  • SciWo's gladness that students are doing final presentations not an exam: A number only exceeded by the students gladness about the same subject
  • Number of independent studies supervised: 3
  • Number of independent study students who need to turn in their final product: 1
  • Number of comprehensive exams I need to receive and grade: 2

As you can see, I've got another few days worth of teaching-related tasks to accomplish and then I can focus in on research again. I actually spent a fair chunk of last week focusing on research, so the grading jail of this week is partially a deferred sentence. But I'll report back if I can make early parole.

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