Monday, May 3, 2010

Paper Grading

Julia mentioned how she's coming up on finals again, but this time around she has papers to grade. In the comments, FLG roundaboutly got to the point that he would feel completely uncomfortable grading papers. Then again, FLG has no expertise in anything.


Withywindle said...

It becomes easier as one ceases to aspire to perfection.

(Alpheus, forgive me.)

arethusa said...

WW is correct. And it gets even easier when you embrace imperfection just like your students do.

Flavia said...

And I'd add that it's the process of grading papers that teaches one how to grade papers; no one really knows how to do it advance, no matter how smart one is, or how strong a writer, etc.

And as a side bonus, grading/learning how to grade papers makes one a better (clearer, more deliberative) writer oneself, or at least it was true in my own grad school experience.

But the returns are diminishing.

J. Otto Pohl said...

I am increasingly failing to see the point of grades. Five years from now nobody will care what grade a student earned in any given class. Are grades just an incentive to make sure students do not just play Mario Cart all the time?

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