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Assigning Final Grades

We're in final exams here at BJU. Need I say more? 😀

One part of exam week is assigning the final grades for each student for the semester. Some people think it's a haphazard process - like throwing a set of papers down the stairs and assigning grades based on which step each paper lands. For my classes at least, it's mainly mathematical, based on grades from homework, quizzes, projects, and tests. We even use rubrics (which I lovingly call "Rubric's cubes") for grading oral presentations and tests. Today's iv is what is supposed to be the method used in one university in America.

Here is a list of the ways professors at one American university are said to grade their final exams:

Dept Of Statistics:
All grades are plotted along the normal bell curve.

Dept Of Psychology:
Students are asked to blot ink in their exam books, close them and turn them in. The professor opens the books and assigns the first grade that comes to mind.

Dept Of History:
All students get the same grade they got last year.

Dept Of Philosophy:
What is a grade?

Law School:
Students are asked to defend their position of why they should receive an A when they really deserve an F.

Dept Of Mathematics:
Grades are variable.

Dept Of Logic:
If and only if the student is present for the final and the student has accumulated a passing grade then the student will receive an A else the student will not receive an A.

Dept Of Computer Science:
Random number generator determines grade, except in the year 2000, when no one was quite certain that would still work properly.

Music Department:
Each student must figure out his grade by listening to the instructor play the corresponding note (+ and - would be sharp and flat respectively). Tone-deaf students fail.

Dept of Physical Education:
Everybody gets an A. (Many would join me in only *wishing* that were true!!!)


In my spare time, I've been reading online tips on how to have an easily readable blog. I found an excellent article you can read if you want to by clicking here - especially some of you other bloggers. I have found a blog theme that I think is really nice looking and easy to navigate. I'd like to know how my readers would grade the readability of how my blog currently looks.

chickadee update...

The chicks are looking like miniature adult birds now, and we're almost a little surprised they're still in the nest. Below is a picture of them this afternoon. To give you an idea of their size, the inside dimensions of the bird house are 4 inches by 4 inches.

Becka was pleased to see the first hummingbird of the year visit our hummingbird feeder this afternoon. (In case you can't tell, we really enjoy watching birds.) Our other bird feeder has regular visits from yellow finches, Carolina wrens, cardinals, rosy finches, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, occasionally brown thrashers, bluebirds, crows, and of all things woodpeckers!


"Eternal life comes with the expectation of holy living." - Dr. Chuck Phelps

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As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools.

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5 Comments on “Assigning Final Grades”

  1. #1 Vikki
    on Apr 28th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Very clean looking – I like the new look.

    Looking at the little birdies, I can’t help but think that is has to be mighty boring looking at four bare, wooden walls all day – every day. Maybe you should try drawing pictures on the walls. Pictures of trees, sky, clouds and grass (no cats, it might give them nightmares…).

  2. #2 Rob
    on Apr 28th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks, Vikki. That’s what I thought too. Besides, it was designed by a guy who’s unashamedly a Christian. We’re not in the same circles, but I admire his saying what he has on his site.

    As far as wall decorations go, the birds have already done a little of that themselves. If it’s like it was last year, new tenants will be moving in within days of my cleaning this nest out. We’ll see … I’ll keep you posted.

  3. #3 Laura
    on Apr 29th, 2008 at 12:24 am

    As a mathematics teacher, I would like to say that NONE of my grades are variable, nor are they less than or greater than, they are always equal to or slightly rounded. You need to be careful with exact people like me.

  4. #4 Ety W.
    on May 3rd, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    I enjoy your blog but I never comment. Since you asked, I have to say that the new look is very nice: welcoming, easy on the eyes, and easy to navigate.

    Thanks for the link too, very helpful.

  5. #5 Rob
    on May 4th, 2008 at 5:45 am

    Ety, thanks for your comment. It’s nice to know that the new look is pleasing and easily navigable.

    I checked out your blog too. Hope others will too.