50,000 hits

Kudos to SleepingCutie for her 50,000the hit. Back in December or January, we were around the same hit number, but I guess she’s got that extra “something” that attracts a kazillion readers. She is honest–almost to a fault–and revealing… no, you perverts, not that way… um, wait, actually sometimes that way… But all in a acceptably wholesome way… Anyway, if you got the time, drop by and give her a pat on the back…

Finals

Many of the peole who come here are students. And for those of you on a semester system, it is probably time to study for finals… I’m sure many of you are grinding it out, stressing over exams or papers. Just to make you feel a bit better–just a little, I hope–we teachers dread Finals just as much as you do. If you had an image of teachers humming away, sinisterly devising exceptionally difficult exams, then forget it… at least for me. I want to ensure that my students have actually learned something in my class, so instead of having one midterm and one final, I usually have students studying throughout the semester–hence the weekly quizzes and/or papers. As I think about it, the film class consists of weekly quizzes and weekly papers (short 1-2 pages), meaning that its pretty time consuming. But this allows me to justify a relatively easy final–although one student told me the other day that the take home for Readings in Modern Japanese was long… Well, it IS advanced Japanese… and it IS a take home… The point is that I design final exams in a way that will be relatively easy to grade. But, for the record, I have 48 finals for the film course, 16 finals for Readings, 8 finals for Bungo (Literary Japanese) and three senior theses–not that I expect any sympathy from you guys.

IN any event, I too am stressing out with you guys.

So tell me, are any of you guys simply chilling? Have you studied all semester long so that finals are a piece (pieces?) of cake? Or are you on the quarter system and don’t worry about finals for awhile? Or have you left academia behind, never to touch again?

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