I'm done with grading at least. All of my grades have been whisked away to the magical electronic elves who put them where they're supposed to go. I hate grading. It is by far the worst part of teaching... in fact, a friend of mine who is a professor in Tennessee told me that grading is the penance that we have to do for a job that is otherwise awesome. I think he's right. I would love to work at a school that is simply pass/fail. If you come and work, you pass. If you don't, you fail. But alas, we have percentages and letters... and so I struggle each and every semester to put quantifiable letter grades on unquantifiable performances (performance classes being by far the hardest to grade).
Anyway, it's done for another semester. The beginning of next week will be spent planning my spring classes. But today I am cleaning our house and making dessert, for a colleague and his wife are coming over for dinner. I am also planning on wrapping up as many presents as I can in the down time. And if a little knitting sneaks in... well, I can't be held responsible for what my hands do while I'm thinking of other things!
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