Liza Howard

Liza Howard

Liza Howard is a national champion runner with multiple records in distances ranging from marathons to 100 mile trail races.

October 2018
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Quality ideas 302/365


Eliot’s grading student papers about that trip to Costa Rica with the Honors College in August. Most of the writing is awful. I wish I could provide some samples for you. Here’s a picture of Eliot ranting about it instead.

One of his actual comments on this paper: “Pro-tip: That red squiggly line under a word means it’s misspelled.”

My favorite: “Why did you write this yucky sentence. You confused yourself.”

It was a yucky sentence.

I’m sure you all have corrected my grammar if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, but this was another level of mistakes and convoluted construction.

One of the students complained he was “nitpicking,” and she told him that her other teachers graded her solely on the quality of her ideas.

Eliot responded in a diplomatic, eloquent and inspiring way — typical Eliot. I think I would have fallen over.

May you all have quality ideas today!

What’s making me happy:

Running: 90 minutes with 12 x 1 minute pickups

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  • Dee
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    Dee Dee

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    I taught a second year (university) economics course one year. The student chose the health-education topic (can’t remember the actual title). I’m from a country where some names very clearly indicate that the person is a native English speaker. In the essay “mortality rates” was referred to as “kicked the bucket rates” and cancer as “malignancy”. Also the grammar was nearly completely incomprehensible. I eventually worked out that the student had paid someone to custom write the essay. The payee translated it in its entirety into English using Google translate, and the student had not bothered to check even the first paragraph before submitting (the essay was near illegible from start to finish).

    Grading sucks. (But at it’s worst is also story-worthy.) Best of luck to Elliot!