I hate grading double-sided assignments. There. It's out.
I know it's stupid, because I don't want to encourage more trees into paper. But still, I do.
I write in bold on my assignments, Please do not double-side assignments for this class. And still, I get a lot of double-sided assignments.
I fantasize about not reading the verso side, and just grading based on what's on the front of any page. I bet that wouldn't go over well, would it?
I just want to read by flipping pages, and not have to pick it up and reverse the whole thing, on top of the pile of many, many papers.
Yet I know I spend more time fretting and feeling frustrated than it would take to reverse the whole thing, even for every paper.
I want to write in big letters across the double-sided page some comment about how they must have thought I put my request on the assignment because I really like writing in bold print or something. That wouldn't go over well, either.
Still, it doesn't seem like it's a huge thing to ask, does it?
While I'm at it, I'm also tired of questions about whether I "took off points" for this or that. No, I didn't "take off points." The work you turned in didn't earn a better grade. Putting ink on a page does not guarantee you an A or a 100 or a brownie point.
Speaking of brownie points, one of my colleagues has taken to handing out something akin to a sticker for completing a class with him. So, if students have him for basketweaving 1 and 2, they get two different stickers. He's very proud of his innovation. I'm appalled.