Making my mark on the world…

Mike is busy this weekend working on a custom furniture order.  He is outside working his fanny off.  Well, he is figuratively working his fanny off – as he really has a fairly limited fanny. I wonder it that was a pun – figuratively working one’s fanny off – it seems like a pun.  I will have to ask the award winning punster in my class this semester – Paul – if that is indeed a pun.  He is my pun expert these days as they roll off his tongue like pick-up lines roll off the tongues on over-tanned middle-aged single men in California bars (not sure where that came from – perhaps some residual bitterness from my Cali days?).

Anyway, the point is Mike is outside doing his thing and I am inside blowing my nose and plodding along. I feel a little pathetic and useless in my current state.  I have been trying to grade today as the never-ending stack never quite seems to go down.  I caught myself wondering if I was a kinder or a less kind grader when I was feeling under the weather.  I think when I am not feeling 100% I am less focused and therefore, less able to grade critically; hence, I am a kinder, gentler grader.

I surmise that should students learn of this fact, they will actively transmit disease to me.  Okay, maybe that is a bit of a conspiracy theory stretch.  Or not.  I do have some evil geniuses that might just ponder the strategy.

I could just choose not to grade while I feel like this, but then the pile just gets higher.  There is a direct correlation between my blood pressure and my grading stack.  I think to myself every single time I look at the pile that I need to reconsider my aversion to multiple choice tests.  My life would be so much easier if I didn’t give assignments that only I can grade.  Alas, that ship has sailed this semester, so I am off to make my mark on the world – even if it is a kinder, gentler mark. ;-)

Day one thousand three hundred and eighty-nine of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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2 Responses to Making my mark on the world…

  1. Katherine says:

    I so feel your pain

  2. tim haering says:

    Maybe this is a good place to ask whether a teacher’s job is to educate or to create graduates? This is especially significant as govt branches consider how to create the college grads experts say we will need to fill the jobs of tomorrow.

    But so-called “knowledge economy” jobs don’t require degrees, they require the ABILITY to earn degrees. A psychologist friend told me it takes about 125 IQ to complete a college degree, but the avg. American IQ is about 105. And college degrees require a heap o’ discipline – something in exceedingly short supply, even among those with college degrees.

    Add to that the fact the employers have begun asking universities to administer graduation exams, distrusting the diploma’s guarantee of ability. Here is a Wall Street Journal article on the topic: “Are You Ready for the Post-College SAT? Employers Say They Don’t Trust Grade-Point Averages”
    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323980604579029143959843818

    Which brings me closer to the conclusion that a teacher’s job is to create graduates. And lenient grading, via sickness or sloth, will help the cause.

    Hope you feel better soon. Hope Mike’s cabinets fare well, without loss of fanny.

    Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box
    They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe
    Jai Guru Deva
    Nothing’s gonna change my world

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