Something that I was never warned about as a teacher was how dramatic grading a final can be. As much as I can play up how important it is for students to have the option to fail, it doesn’t help to watch as they do. I’m not quite as callous as I would let my teaching persona be… which is to say, I feel invested in my students lives.
Beyond the regular frustrations of grading there are also the almost marathon aspects of final grading. There is a swell of last minute assignments, as well as the time pressure deadline of grading (in my case) comprehensive exams. One test took me over 5 hours to grade.
There is also the part where I’m looking forward to a week where I don’t have to get up at 5 am to come in and teach. So… lets just say, I’m ready to be done.
And I still am me. I like my students more than most other people, but I’m at heart a misanthrope. I don’t suffer fools gladly. So now I give you this quarter’s grading playlist:
Enjoy you Summer, if you have the luxury of having time off.