Monday, January 15, 2007

Grading Papers and Other Matters Academic

Exciting, huh? I'm not sure what the word is that accurately describes the tedium of grading one paper after another on forms of government, the beginnings of Christianity and Islam, and feudalism and manorialism . . . except that it applies also to the grading of papers on the Constitution and Jefferson and Hamilton, which is what I did last week.

This week I begin a graduate class of my own on Islam, with a visiting professor who comes to us via Georgetown, Oxford, and Chicago. I'm excited about it, but I'm also thinking about the tedium of his life as he grades our papers. We will think they are brilliant, but he won't. I know this from plenty of experience on the other side.

We had a fabulously energetic presentation on Judasim at church yesterday, made a by gentleman who is both a Reform rabbi and a professor of Judaic studies. Unfortunately, the ipod taping of same became, at the last minute, due to the unexpected abscence of someone who actually owns an ipod, ahem ~ my responsibility.

I wonder, if I ever acquire one, whether I will be able to work it.

4 comments:

Cathy said...

Yes, you will be able to run an IPOD. It's really not too difficult!

Lisa :-] said...

I do not own an IPOD. I think I have had it with technology. A CD player is very possibly as far as I can reach...

Kathryn said...

Too funny about the iPod. My 12yo regularly instructs me on technical gizmos. I do fine with computers but...

Last night, I figured out how to watch a DVD on a the Playstation. Our DVD player is broken. I'm inordinately proud of this achievement.

Bedazzzled1 said...

Regarding the grading of papers: what goes around comes around. ::smile::

I do not have an iPod, but I have Dell's version of one. They are way cool...especially for music maniacs such as I!