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I'm swamped with grading and comment time. Our semester ends in a week and I haven't had much else to write about this week here on my blog.



My admin doesn't invest much into training new staff. Things just go unsaid and we are expected to figure it out in our own. There are tech staff available, but it's expected that we make appointments with them on our time to ask questions and learn how the system works. That's a bad model for me. I'll procrastinate and then try to figure things out on my own. That can lead to some frustration. I admit, I'm to blame for this frustration. It's a bit different from my past expectations.


Random China observation of the day: Being a woman here in China is tough. I've written about the levels of mysgony, but it's goes deeper. What's expected of a young lady and how they're treated in comparison to boys makes it unfair in a lot of ways. I would like to say it gets easier for them with age, but that's not the case. There are double standards that make being an adult hard too. I would never make the argument that things are perfect in the states for women, but it's much better than here. I need to expand on this in more detail. I'll write a new post soon, but let me just say... Women of China, you have my respect for perservering in the face of adversity.


Another update. Covid cases are rising in all areas. We'll see how the different regions respond. I should know in about a week whether a Beijing trip is in the works.

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Mike Durkee
Mike Durkee
15. Dez. 2022

Uhhhh, let me count the things I don't miss... #1 Grading #2 Grading #3 Grading #4 Grading... I think you get the picture. Absolute worst part of teaching (IMHO) followed closely by the utter lack of tech support-oh wait, is that just a Meridian thing? Sadly, no. There are too few Jack Johnson's in the world of IT.

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Heresolong
Heresolong
14. Dez. 2022

You mentioned just dictating notes about each student earlier and that made me realize how little I know about mine. I get those forms from the psychologist and have no idea what to put on them. Maybe I'm not much of an observer of human nature, preferring to deal with machines, or maybe I just haven't trained myself to see. Might be an interesting thought experiment to take five minutes for each student, dictate my thoughts, and then go back in a month and see if I've had any epiphanies about the students and what I wrote.

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David Shick!
David Shick!
14. Dez. 2022
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I'm definitely in this boat too. It's part of who I am. I've struggled writing comments about kids when I just don't know who they are.

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