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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Testing, testing

Inside HE I enjoy teaching but dislike giving examinations and grading. Is there something wrong with this picture? I became a college teacher to educate students, not to spend time deciding whether an essay answer is worth a B or a B- or whether average exam grades of 87.3 are B+ or A-. For me personally, grades are a secondary and derivative issue at best, an anguished responsibility at worst. My dislike of grades has led me to search for ways to separate them from my teaching. I don’t say “everybody’s teaching” — only from mine. If other instructors enjoy testing and grading, I won’t try to take away their fun.

Bob Sommer, Inside Higher Ed




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