March 20 Day 742: Goodbye Winter; Hello Spring

I did it! I finished all my grading for Winter quarter and posted the following announcement for my students today:

Subject: I think I am done grading

Please have a look over the gradebook.

You will see an entry called ‘UWT Grade’ that gives the grade I will report to the registrar for this course. Please look it over. If I have made a mistake or missed something, please let me know and I will make it right. (It is so much easier to correct errors before I submit grades to the registrar than after.)

This is not an invitation to submit more work. That time has passed.

I will be submitting grades Monday evening. You have until then. If you find a issue that will affect your final score, let me know. I do make mistakes and I will correct them.

It has been my pleasure to work with you this quarter. I think we learned quite a bit from each other. We pretended that things were “back to normal” but they really weren’t. You made it this far and you are still standing. That is good.

May you be able to laugh with friends and take a break before the start of Spring quarter.

Please know that I am willing to be a resource for you at UWT whether you did well in this class or not, whether take another math class or not, whether you personally like me or not. I am and will always be your instructor. More than anything, I want to see you achieve your goals.

Happy Spring, Prof. Quinn

I have heard from a few students already. Not because there were errors but because they were disappointed with their final grade. Oh well. I have given them every opportunity along the way with plenty of chances for extra credit. If they did not take advantage of them at the time, whose responsibility is it?

In addition to finishing the winter quarter, today marks the vernal equinox. So hello spring! The sun set at 7: 24 pm PT and will be setting later and later until the summer solstice. The sunset won’t see 7:24 pm PT again until September 15– six (hopefully) blissful months hence.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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