How this Grad Life Blog is useful for Grad Life (but doesn’t solve all problems)

GRAPH 1Some weeks ago, Guillaume wrote a nice post about the challenges and puzzles that grading can bring up. Amongst his many good points, he noted that a grade is a fairly reductive, one-dimensional assessment of the many dimensions along which the quality of an assignment can vary. I absolutely agree, and it’s made me re-think how I grade a little.

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Grad-ee-er-uate Student

I don’t know how to pronounce that either.

As a graduate student, I had the eye-opening experience to be on both sides of the fence: gradee and grader. In graduate school, you take classes and you grade classes. To be frank it often felt this way:

Credits: me (and some xkcd fonts)

Credits: me (and some xkcd fonts)

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