Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Sincere apologies for not blogging this past week.  Midterms had ended last week, but grading had just begun.  One hundred and eight papers later, I am finally done and it feels glorious!  It was my first dose of grading and an eye-opening experience.  We each have our own level of performance and knowledge, but it is not until grading others work that you can directly compare how well information has been relayed.  While there were papers that weren't up to par due to lack of effort, there were also papers that were not up to par based purely on an inability to fully grasp the concepts and no lack of effort.  I truly believe that all the grades are fair, I commented on all papers that had points deducted, and overall, the papers were pretty solid. 

J-man's "Fang'd Pumpkin"

On a side note, when and if I ever create a test of my own, I am going to make the first question easy as can pie.  Being a test-taker myself, having an easy first question instantly relaxes me.  Maybe it is all mental, but it works for me.  Does it work for you?

Are you a teacher?  Do you have experience with grading papers? If so, any and all advice is appreciated! 

Much love.


  1. Well I teach little kids, so not many "papers." I do make a concerted effort when giving assignments to create a rubric (grading scale/criteria) beforehand. It's really good to give that to students beforehand to. This way grading is really objective. Missing x that's 2 or 5 or 10 points off. What age/grade were you grading?

    His Jack-o-lantern is pretty impressive (I stink at making them)!

  2. I am teaching freshman & sophomores generally (200 level course). I didn't write the assignment, but a specific grading scale is hard to determine until after the papers are submitted because until you read a handful, you don't know how the students will interpret the assignment or how well they will grasp the topics...

    I was impressed by his jack-o-lantern too!!


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