Thursday, November 03, 2016
- The landmarks are worth it. We passed the Museum of American Finance, which we recognized from the Hamilton documentary, as well as several buildings with plaques noting their origin in the revolutionary war era. One had a statue noting that it was where George Washington was sworn in as the first President of the United States.
- We also passed a massive Trump building. I smirked but otherwise paid it no mind as we passed, until I noticed The Wife across the street. She refused to walk on the same side of the street as the Trump building. Instead, from across the street, she jumped sideways and displayed the state bird at it with both hands as she passed. The kids were somewhere between mortified and fascinated.
- On a nice Saturday afternoon, the pedestrian walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge is a game of human bumper cars. “Crowded” doesn’t quite begin to capture it. Despite the close quarters, people apparently have no qualms about stopping abruptly to take selfies. If I were on a jury and someone was on trial for body-checking a selfie-taker from behind, I don’t think I could convict.
- Melinda Karp, from the CCRC, noticed a tweet and invited us to meet for coffee and show off Brooklyn Heights. Brooklyn Heights was much more fun than I expected. We shared some Rochester nostalgia, conjuring visions of washing down garbage plates with Genny Cream. If you know, you know.
In a former life, paper swapping is effectively how we graded major exams. Each grader got one problem on all of the exams. We would consult another grader when we found something outside the rubric. That is also how papers are graded for AP exams, although those all get more than one reader on every problem and have a process for resolving divergent grades.
It was quicker and easier for the instructors (since we used a holistic grading rubric) and this ensured that students weren't passed "because they worked hard" even if they did not possess the skills to write competently.
We would have a grading meeting mid-term to discuss grading and expectations. It also served as a norming of expectations for the department.