January 29 Day 1057: Paper vs iPad grading

I spent at least 7 hours grading today—mostly exams on paper and some homework files submitted electronically. All of it was for students in the same class.

First observation: When did everyone’s handwriting become so illegible?

Second observation: Why do I think my tricks to decipher handwriting on the iPad will work on paper? I tried more than a dozen times, spreading my thumb and forefinger apart, to expand the view. No matter how many times I tried, the paper remained in its original form.

In retrospect, I could have used my phone or tablet camera as a magnifying glass. But it didn’t occur to me at the time.

Third observation: the ability to erase marks when working electronically means I was not as careful in my comments on paper initially. I found myself crossing out comments and thinking what a mess I was creating on their papers.

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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