Grading Papers

The microbiologist and I were talking about teaching after our teaching period together today, and I don’t think I’m breaking any confidences when I repeat her witticism:

I teach for free.  I get paid to grade.

And it’s facile, really.  It’s silly.  But it’s true… the hardest part of a teacher’s job… the most agonizing, the most difficult… is reading through a student paper and deciding what grade to put on it.

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