It is that time of year again – grading time. I always enter this period with optimism, but about halfway in my optimism starts to degrade and I begin thinking of quicker, less painful ways to grade. My favorite creative idea for grading when I hit this point in the grading crunch is to throw all the papers in the air to land randomly on the Twister game mat and then spinning the wheel and assigning each color as it comes up a successively lower grade – red, A; blue, B, green, C; yellow, D. Of course I never use that approach, but I think about how delightful it might be about now.
This year I came upon a new game grading technique that I love and want to share with educators everywhere. Educators like me, educators whose optimism is degrading.
This is a grading tool I can embrace. I have had a couple of papers over the years that achieved multiple bingos. I think next year I will print this bingo card off and attach it to my regular grading sheets for my own amusement and to remind students that sometimes grading is painful. Perhaps it will serve as a reminder for them to avoid some common mistakes. Of course, knowing my students, they will get daubers and call out BINGO! in the middle of class which will make me laugh my fanny off. And that my friends is why I ultimately always power through grading without the benefit of a Twister mat or a bingo card – because it matters, and they matter…and because there is likely also a “Crazy Things My Prof Said in Class” bingo card which I would achieve a blackout on.
Day one thousand three hundred and ninety-eight of the new forty – obla di obla da