Reading for Work: Grades

People do not like to grade papers but I always find it interesting except when I did not create the assignment, do not agree with it, did not create the course goals, do not agree with these, do not find them feasible, do not know what they are, or am unsure whether there is any reason why the course is given as it is other than that it was in 1930.

The above describes my situation about 50% of the time. Not having the information I need to make useful decisions in these situations, or the authority, latitude and time to design creative solutions to problems, is the most frustrating aspect of being a professor.

Having to limit oneself so as to fit into local systems antithetical to national and international norms and often to actual teaching (let alone research) is the most difficult aspect of the job.

Axé.

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4 responses to “Reading for Work: Grades

  1. human

    How come you don’t get to design your own assignments?

  2. Z

    Well, for this multi semester, multi section course it was decided at one point that to get some uniformity we would teach to a commercial test bank; I, as leader of the group (but not architect of the plan) had to model compliance for others.

    But I wrote that post and then went into rebellion.

  3. And now this post is suggested reading from IHE. And I am grading — the test I wrote on my own, rebelling against that pesky test bank. It is *much* less heart rending; the test was technically more demanding but actually easier to pass and learn from. I win.

  4. P.S. People coming from IHE should read the related post “Revolution Rock;” you can see the memo I wrote to announce my departure from the test bank.

    http://profacero.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/revolution-rock/

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