1. Anthony K says

    Do you ever give out non-standard grades, as a ‘social experiment’? When I was a TA, I wanted to give people grades of L, or Water, just to see if it would induce palpitations. It seemed like an unnecessarily mean thing to do, so I didn’t.

    I did let people know how much time was left for their exams using a sexagenary system of rodeo rides. So, 120 rodeo rides meant 16 minutes left, 60 rodeo rides meant 80 minutes left. This is Alberta after all, and the course was human geography, so I would have given it a rational if anybody had called me on it.

  2. ledasmom says

    Are you running little cars in between the piles and making the “brrrrmmm brrrrmmm” noise? I don’t think I could resist doing that, myself.*

    *Probably why ledasmom is not a professor, among other reasons.

  3. says

    Part of the charm of these piles is that I will return them, they will disappear, and then another set of stacks will appear, dreadfully, next week. I have to savor the few moments before futility sets in again.

  4. moarscienceplz says

    … vast piles of completed grading on my desk.

    Distilled from the tears and the shattered psyches of hundreds of once bright-eyed young students. For shame, PZ!

  5. says

    PZ, you stated clearly that you “Can’t Write”.

    Clearly, though, you have, in fact written.

    Ergo: You are an evil liar: elevators/Pepper/GamingFeminazi/Watson/SJW/clickbait.

    What did I win?

  6. says

    “When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer.”

    Clearly, he wasn’t a teacher.

  7. shouldbeworking says

    Since you’re so far ahead of me, I’ll be shipping some stacks of my unfinished marking to you. Thanks for volunteering!

  8. Menyambal says

    One of the beauties of being a substitute teacher is having to leave the grading, sometimes. I left two stacks of doubtful tests about the Sumerians, and one folder of truly horrible “friendly letters”, and I just went on home and took a nap.

    It was a nice nap. How ya doin’, PZ? :)