Notes from Grading Jail

  1. Students include illustrations in inverse proportion to their applicability
  2. The longer the block quote, the less germane it will be
  3. Spell check is not your friend when it comes to homonyms
  4. Misspelling the instructor’s name is never a good sign
  5. Why, oh why!, did I assign so much writing to be marked?

5 Responses to “Notes from Grading Jail”

  1. Anastasia Says:

    #2 applies to all sorts of scholarly writing, really.

  2. PhilosopherP Says:

    I hope you know that grading jail involves good snacks… and that calories consumed while grading don’t count — much like calories consumed standing up in front of the fridge don’t count :) .

    I hope your grading jail ends soon!

  3. Ozymandia Says:

    I once had an instructor whose last name was such that the spellcheck always came up with a rather derogatory “correction”. It was highly amusing (because the instructor’s personality was such that the correction would have been applicable), but I lived in mortal dread of accidentally hitting “OK” and handing in the paper with this on it instead.

    And no, I’m not being more specific. You’re too close to where I went to school to even consider saying more than that. ;)

  4. Another Damned Medievalist Says:

    i keep wondering about the assignment thing, too!

  5. Chaser Says:

    I am the same way. I need to get WAY more strategic about what I will read and when I assign it.