Saturday, November 04, 2006

Grading Papers

I've accumulated a bit of a grading backlog, so I headed out to the mediocre bakery with free wireless to eat a doughnut bagel, drink some decaf coffee and get caught up.

Grading isn't that bad when you have a small class of honors students! The class average on the exam was a 93%. One student proved the Pythagorean Theorem in a way totally unlike the proofs we saw in class (but still correct). Another used a dissection proof that I showed them and after stating that the area of the whole figure equals the sum of the areas of its parts noted "Gestalt would not approve." (And while there is no person "Gestalt," that probably made it a more amusing comment to read while grading.) This class also attacked their problem set with enthusiasm and bravely conjectured in response to the open-ended problems.

What calculus problem set? Calculus needs grading? I don't know what you're talking about.