I need better self-discipline about grading. I used to have better self-discipline, but I've lost some of it. I need to get it back.
In any given semester, I end up teaching at least three people (usually students, occasionally another faculty member) some basic computer skill.
For example, someone will send out a computer file that we're all supposed to read, naming it "important.stf," or something like that. And then they'll resend it when someone else responds and says they can't open the file. (Maybe Macs don't have this problem?)
Then there's the "tab" function, or changing justification/margins, footnotes.
I wonder how people learn this stuff? In Japan, according to one of my students, there's a high school class that teaches people basic living skills, including computer skills. (The class sounds great, too. Tool use, basic electronics, cooking, for all. But I've still been teaching my students some basic stuff about computers.)
I don't know how to solve the problem of computer knowledge gaps, but I do know that all of these students can text message, work an ipod, and program a dvd player to do the dishes. And I can't do any of those things.
I also totally lack self-discipline about grading. Did I mention that before?