Oh sweet Jesus, am I glad CM exists! I read the thing every morning like morning prayers. It girds me for the struggles to come.
Here's my tale. I'm a newbie proffie (am I using it right?). I love the classroom, I like my colleagues, I even have a Dean who's sort of neat and who had me and my husband to her house for scones and tea. (It was ironic; the scones had M&Ms in them and the tea was filled with booze!)
Anyway, I like everything about my job, EXCEPT grading.
Sure, everyone hates the work of grading.
But I realize I don't give a shit about any part of grading. I actually don't care about assessing my students at the end of the term. I figure, "I put on the show; if you paid attention, you're better off for it." But then I want to just go about my own business.
This has led to some sticky moments, though, students dickering percentage points when I can barely even summon up a whole number. My chair wants a grade sheet and I find myself making up numbers for some of the blanks. (Yeah, I know, I'm an idiot.)
Q: My question is: Why don't I have a hard on for grading? Why don't I care about assessing my students? What kinds of motivation should I be feeling to remedy this? What are the ways a lecturing Social Science-y type can assess student work and ability without making me absolutely fucking crazy?
A: I really need your help. Post any replies in the comments below!!!