Archive for December, 2006

Research on Procrastination

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Tasty Research has a fascinating look at the effectiveness of self-imposed deadlines. Students were given the option to set their own deadlines for three assignments in a course. As noted, despite the theoretical appeal of putting all the deadlines on the last day of class, only about a quarter chose that option. Apparently, it’s a […]

Happiness is. . .

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

a Christmas well-spent with family. The girls were good about waiting for grown-ups to be ready for the morning’s unwrapping and thrilled to all of their presents. Youngest was in heaven over a new manga book, a new game and a bunch of Playmobil. Eldest was enthralled with her own new game, lots of new […]

Wishes for the Season

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

I wish you all a happy holiday season. Our family visitors are safely here. The tree is up and surrounded (overwhelmed!) by presents. There will be no talk of marking until after Boxing Day! I hope you all enjoy as fun and relaxing a holiday as we’re planning.

More Fun With Students

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Received an email from a student in my senior seminar class whose exam was set yesterday evening. You can tell where this is going already, can’t you?
Hi. You won’t believe what I did… I thought the exam was tonight. As i was walking past the exam schedule in the library, i checked to make sure […]

Reports from Beyond

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Beyond the grave? No. Beyond the marking wall? Not quite. A big chunk of the marking has been completed. The first set of grades will be submitted tomorrow morning. The second set should follow within twenty four hours. The third set? Simultaneously! The fourth set? God only knows. I am still rather sleep deprived since […]

Somewhat Appealing

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

When one remains stuck in grading hell (however much one rejoices over the completion of next term’s course manuals), this modest proposal for how to grade exams becomes more and more intriguing.
Back to the marking!

Win some, win some

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

At the annual university Christmas luncheon, I won two prizes out of less than two dozen raffled off: a gorgeous wreath and a tool set. Luck of the historians (we took home four prizes around the department)!
In other news, still in grading jail. Do not pass go, do not collect your two hundred dollars. […]

Go Directly to Jail

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Grading jail, that is. Still stuck deep inside with nary a hope of reprieve until after the holidays. You know it’s bad when you’re looking forward to your annual check-up in order to have an excuse not to think about substandard term papers or deal with students who believe that late assignments will be forgiven […]

Must be kidding!

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Email received from another department today (7 December) at 2:13pm, opened at 4:10pm, regarding a program with which I have a very tenuous connection (I occasionally teach one course which is cross-listed in their program):
URGENT REQUEST:
In August 2006 I requested information in order to complete the ##### ###### Program Review. We are now asking that […]

Must. . . control. . .

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Aww, to hell with it! I’m angry and I’m not going to take it any longer.
The bookstore is trying to tell students that they never received my book order for either of the January term classes. Lousy, lying blowhards! I have the confirmations here in my hands complete with the order numbers. Gah! GAH! GAH! […]