Another state blogged, if briefly. Phone blogging just not the same.
From iPhone, part of my series of blogging from new states (not that I am actually blogging these days).
Final grades were posted yesterday at 3pm. Within an hour I had an e-mail from a student who received an e-mail saying I gave her a B-minus when she should have gotten an A. She was right. For this class with 120 students, I had a portion of grading that was based on taking the top X out of Y scores.
You can’t do this in Northwestern’s Online Grading Center, I just calculated this part in Excel and entered in the totals by hand, ignoring the suggestion of a friend to figure out how to upload a column from Excel into the Grade Center, because I couldn’t be troubled to figure out such complicated technology when my way was easy enough. Problem was, I transposed two students totals when doing the data entry, so this woman got an official grade of B-minus when she deserved an A and another student got an official grade of B+ when he deserved a C.
So, it’s one thing to change a grade when a student deserves a higher grade than what they got, but how to handle telling somebody that the B+ on their report card is going to be changed to a C? I was going to ask y’all for advice, but then I could figure out how to compose the message myself. (more…)
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Writing from a hotel room in Columbus, Ohio. I’m worried I used the Cincinnati airport to cross Ohio off my states-from-which-I-blogged list before I realized it was in Kentucky. So now I have Ohio covered either way.
Why don’t I blog from my office anymore? I am LeechBlocked out of posting to this blog from my office. I keep thinking that I want to turn it off and return to blogging, as I miss feeling more a part of A Blogging Community. The problem is that I also turned off how to turn it off.
I haven’t blogged from any new states in a long time, but: I am writing from the Pheonix airport (free Wi-Fi), on my way back to Chicago.
I am not sure if I have ever flown US Airways before. In addition to everything feeling kind of dingy, a flight attendant walks down the aisle during your flight, waving a brochure for a credit card. And, water is $2. I would hate to have a flight on US Airways be the start of a vacation.
Yay! Violet wins the Editor’s and Audience awards in the Interactive Fiction category of Casual Gameplay’s Best of 2008 awards. I also received questions today for an interview with the Society for the Preservation of Adventure Games ‘zine.
Otherwise, completely behind and overwhelmed here. So I haven’t even blogged about continuing my lamest midlife crisis ever by buying an XBox 360 last weekend.
28. “Awesomely awesome!”
29. “Johnny Awesome and the Awesomettes!”