Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

The problem with giving an open-ended assignment is that the students will turn in all sorts of wacky things.

My office is now filled with term projects that I must grade.

31 students chose to write papers. These can be dealt with at home, as they are easily transported. Ditto for the two CDs.

The logistical challenge comes in when grading 24 posters, 2 T-shirts (????), a small quilt, the Platonic Solids built out of gumdrops and spaghetti, and a working model of the Mayan calendar.

A quick look shows that the Fibonacci numbers were a very popular topic. Only two students (both male) chose to write about weight loss and fitness. Just one paper on the BCS. And, surprisingly, there doesn't seem to be anything about calculating blood alcohol level.