Monday, October 18, 2004

Deciding on a Curve

After thinking much about it this weekend, and reading comments in the blog, I have decided NOT to curve the exam grades. Enough students made A's or B's that the F's will just have to live with it. Basically, I know the material was there and they were capable of learning it, if only they had studied.

It'll be a lesson for them in planning and paying better attention. I have class in a few minutes, so more on other topics later.


At 9:40 AM, Blogger AiE said...

I don't know if you're trusting your instincts or not, but I think you've made a thoughtful decision. I've found that most students end up earning the grade they deserve, without a curve. Just be sure to take thorough, specific notes about what you might do differently next time, because you might want that info next semester or next year.

So, what football teams do you root for?

At 11:05 AM, Blogger TerminalMFA said...

Professional or college? Or both?

I'm a big Atlanta Falcons fan, which means being a long-suffering Falcons fan, by default. College: I've always loved Florida State. I didn't go there, but I started rooting for them years ago. Which is a challenge, because my wife is a big U of Florida fan!

I follow most ACC and SEC teams out of general interest and because I used to live in ACC/SEC territory.

At 10:20 PM, Blogger chutry said...

Not that you asked, but I've come back around to being a Falcons fan after moving back to Atlanta. I never liked them much when I lived here before, choosing to root instead for the Redskins. Owner Daniel Snyder has made that pretty much impossible.

But for the most part, I stick with my college allegiance and cheer for Purdue players to do well in the pros.

Good call on NOT curving grades. Students can easily raise their grade given that it's only 20% of their overall grade.

At 6:36 AM, Blogger TerminalMFA said...

A lot easier to root for the Falcons now that they seem legitimately committed to winning. Despite the record, I think they're underachieving. They barely beat teams that they should stomp (other than the Panthers).

At 2:27 PM, Blogger chutry said...

San diego is actually a lot better this year than they've been in a long time, but yeah, the Falcons have been a little flat (never thought I'd be saying that about a 5-1 Falcons team).

At 6:40 PM, Blogger TerminalMFA said...

Exactly. They just seem to barely be getting it done. But I WAS thinking that I wished we'd played San Diego at the start of the season rather than last week! They were a lot worse then.


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