See the sequel–Final exam diversions 2009
Saturday night. It’s time to grade final exams. More accurately stated, it’s past time. Final exams were taken by my students during this most recent week, term papers and projects due the week before. This year, it seems as if I have it easy, only 91 papers and projects and tests for 130 students (about 800 answers to look over). At about 30 minutes apiece for test or paper, only 110.5 hours of grading. And grades are due on Monday morning.
For my colleagues who don’t know how to grade tests, there’s always the stair step method of grading. Daniel Solove (GW law professor) imortalized it two years ago in A Guide to Grading Exams. It is an absolute must read. It reminds me of my first unpublshed paper in which I described the alternative Windy Day Grading Scheme, where you throw a stack of tests out the second floor window on a windy day (hence the name). Then go out to look for them. Any you retrieve pass the course.
For me, grading is all about keeping on task. During the time it will take to write this blog essay, perhaps I could have graded a half dozen term papers. But, my mind has slid off topic, like a car spinning doughnuts on a snowy parking lot. I just can’t do it right now. At times like these (and let’s face it, I always have times like these), I go looking for diversions.
Tonight’s diversion is looking at decorative Christmas light displays. Why this particular diversion? I like both Christmas and music. Moreover, the creativity displayed is absolutely amazing. Take a look at these and tell me what you think. The alltime classic in this genre is the first selection under Wizards in Winter. The selection for Music Box Dancer is pretty good also.
To the tune of Wizards in Winter:
To to the of a Mad Russian’s Winter
To the tune of Siberian Sleigh Ride
To the Drummer Boy
To Music Box Dancer
To Carol of the Bells
To Miracle on 34th Street
Over and out – – Dave Albrecht