Sunday, November 18, 2007

One more thing

I am shamelessly enamored of my new pedagogical slogan, which is particularly apt given that I have spent the weekend on the assessment equivalent of climbing mt. Everest, without oxygen or sherpa:

In this class, you are either an asset, or an ASSHAT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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At 7:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stealing this!


At 8:52 AM , Blogger Yankee T said...

I think you're funny, too. And your daughter is a hoot.

At 10:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister loves "asshat", i concur it's funny and so are you as well as your daughter, I love the Starch alone comment, and the nuts with cocktails, always thanks for sharing it all.

At 11:56 AM , Blogger d. said...

Hmm. I always hyphenated ass-hat. To each his own, I guess!

(And honestly, I have no idea how I got here, but cheers anyway!)

At 6:50 PM , Blogger Julia said...

I wonder what that assessment Everest was. So I can commiserate properly, of course...
Ah, what the hell-- whatever it was, I can feel the burn. The pain, make it stop!

At 7:15 PM , Blogger Dorcasina said...

Hmmmm...Ass-hat does have the benefit of getting rid of any pronuciational ambiguity (you know, "ash-at").
Thanks, d.

Julia, it was a stack of freshman essays for which I had foolishly request peer critique materials, a variety of self-assessment exercises, multiple drafts, etc.--all of which I had vowed (in public) to assess with tremendous and enthusiastic rigor. Not only that, but I had begun, kamikaze-like, typing extensive "holistic responses" to accompany my myriad margin notes, rubric/scoresheet, etc. (Okay, maybe I over-reacted a bit to the student who said on his/her informal midterm eval, "I don't understand why I got the grade I got..."

Me, compulsive? Surely you jest--

At 7:16 PM , Blogger Dorcasina said...

Um, that's "pronunciational"--and yes, it is a neologism, if not, in fact, a good one.


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