Friday, April 26, 2013

Grading by the Inch

I wasn't behind, but now I have two big stacks of papers to grade.

And a thesis prospectus to work on.

And another student asked me to read and give him some feedback on a project.

I don't know which way is up, but since time is linear, things will move along and end at some point.  Hopefully, by that point, I will have turned in all the grades for the semester. 

But for now, well, put me at overwhelmed.

And secretly laughing at someone here who's a bit of a jerk for being a jerk and creepy.  They're separate, jerk and creepy, but this person is managing both.

I heard another person in a meeting today say these improbable words, "I'm looking forward to assessment."

I was rude enough to actually comment on the uniqueness of the statement aloud during the meeting.  It's obvious that I'm not administrative material, I think.

I was in another meeting this week where an administrator actually acknowledged that our [campus group] had been forcing faculty to collect a huge bunch of data and had never used it and had no intention of ever using it.  The administrator didn't, however, acknowledge that the collection of all that data might have been a waste of faculty time.


  1. I thought the dictionary definition of "assessment" was "the practice of gathering huge reams of data that no one will ever look at on pain of death." No?

  2. Argh! Why waste faculty time collecting data that no one will ever use?? I found out today that the scantron student evals haven't been run for over 5 years, minimum, and that everyone has pretty much given up on them. They do collect the extra comments students write, but they don't do anything with the standardized data. Why do them, then? Ugh.

    I'm behind on everything, but I didn't do much tonight. Just graded a few annotated bibliographies, which took very little time. I have so much to do that I feel paralyzed. That means tomorrow is going to be one of those pull-up-your-big-girl-pants days for me when I have to force myself to be productive 100% of the time. Sigh...

    Almost over...

  3. I love Bev's comment. That's exactly what they do here.