Stand up for your rights

10 06 2014

All professors hate grading.

Okay, I know, I shouldn’t presume to speak for all professors everywhere, especially since I’m just a punk adjunct and lack the tenure Real Professors™ have, but on this issue, I’m pretty confident that I speak for every professor everywhere ever.*

(*Except for the sadists who see grading as an opportunity to inflict pain, and those who think grading provides an excellent opportunity for students to lea—no, wait, the latter are graduate students and ABDs who’ve yet to have their pedagogy snapped into reality.)

Anyway. I hate grading, and while I try very hard to grade in a thoughtful and conscientious manner, with every paper I pick up I have to fight the impulse to rush through and offer some bullshit “whatever” comment before dashing off the only thing most students care about: the grade.

Except, this summer, this session, I might actually enjoy reading my students’ papers.

Well, maybe “enjoy” is too strong of a word, but it’s possible that it won’t entirely suck.

I’m teaching a course I’ve taught once before—women and politics—but instead of having them write papers anchored in the required readings as I did the last time out, this time they’re writing one short and two longer papers on, yep, a woman in politics.

The first paper is a short bio, pretty much straight-up description. The second paper focuses on the movement or party in which the woman worked, and the third, an analysis of her role in that movement and her/its impact on society.

My students have picked Jeannette Rankin, Ruth First, Yuri Kochiyama, Aun San Suu Kyi, Denise Oliver, and the Mirabel sisters.

Awesome.

Yes, it helps that this is a very small class, but this is a Murderer’s Row lineup.

Well done, students. Well done.

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4 responses

10 06 2014
dmf

how would they trace out the impacts?
if you stop by TNC’s place they might be interested in:
http://onpoint.wbur.org/2014/06/10/fugitives-philadelphia-crime-america

12 06 2014
14 06 2014
thecuriousbum

Always good to like another aspect of the job. Ey, do you have the wordpress spam thing in place? I notice some of your comments are a touch spammy.

18 06 2014
absurdbeats

@tcb: Yep, I’ve got the spam thingamajig, tho’ a few get thru.

You might be mistaking some of dmf’s comments for spam, seein’ as how he likes to send me many links to things I might like, but dmf is mos’ def’ not a spammer. . . .

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