It is that day

I give my final final exam of the semester today, in a half hour. My feelings:

After the exam, I shall retreat to my lair to grade them. I have made a cell biology final exam that is all essay questions. I’m expecting the students to synthesize all the information I have given them this turn, and to defend their arguments with details. There are some options here.

  • I will moan and weep and struggle for hours over terrible answers that tell me I have completely failed. Then I’ll have to go searching for candy canes to stab into my eye sockets.

  • I will be dazzled and impressed, and my students will vindicate all of my efforts, and I will dance with joy, and then I’ll have to go attend the midnight showing of Rogue One to restore my natural pessimism and ruin everyone’s day with spoilers.

  • Realistically, I’ll probably get some exams that are rewarding and interesting and some that will disappoint me. It’s OK. Then I’ll wonder if I should go to the midnight showing or just get some sleep.

Dilemmas. But no matter what, I intend to get all my grading done today. That will be good.


  1. timmyson says

    Have you ever read an answer and though, “Huh, that’s a much better way to say that than I have on my slide. I’m teaching it this way next year.”?

  2. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    Why all the outrage at Rogue One? is it all just because a woman is the leader of the rebellion? Does it suffer from prequelitis? which is it? All the rage Ive been seeing has been the former, none of the latter. So misogyny still trumps (fuck) rules.

  3. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    re @6:
    I guess the important thing about what you quoted is “A THEN B”
    if A was really bad, “gouge eyes out first”; Could be saying A is worth seeing, so see it before you rob yourself of the opportunity.
    nah, prolly not. too many ragers around these days about Rogue One so…

  4. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    urge you to see it regardless, if only to stick it to the Trumpists who are raging against it as some sort of of attack on Trump. After one of the producers briefly tweeted “The Empire is White Supremacists”. Which ruffled Trumpcamp feathers as though he said ‘Empire is a metaphor for Trump’, which he didn’t.
    Without literally admitting to be White Supremacists, Trumpists still acted as if they were.
    make it an act of RESISTANCE regardless of every other distasteful aspects of the film.

  5. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    re @9:
    shit, took the words right outta my mouth while I was writing @10, before @9 was there. shoot. beat me to it. *shrug*

  6. notruescott says

    My wife teaches high school english. I shall be keeping her away from the candy canes, because dear jeebus those essays.

  7. madtom1999 says

    My father also taught biology and zoology students (he was HOD) and used to do some marking at home. It was amusing to me to watch his brain trying to escape through his ears to avoid having to read some of the answers given.
    As an engineer I know you cant fit a square peg into a round hole and some people are round holes with lids on.