Some find grading a chore. And especially this late in the second semester, I would agree. In my ideal world where we learn for the fun of it and grades are unnecessary, it's no longer a problem. But every so often there are some nuggets of entertainment thrown in there. I have never discouraged the fine art of test doodling, and it's interesting to see what desperation will inspire. One year I'll start a tumblr of these. It happens more often than you would think.

From my most recent session:

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Naturally I couldn't help but respond:

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There are some people who wouldn't tolerate this sort of thing. I would imagine they aren't the kind of teachers who read websites about teaching in the first place. I know this phenomenon is not unique to me, but I'm curious if certain teaching styles invite this sort of thing. Is it a comfortable classroom environment? All the arts and crafts I make them do? I don't know. But I'm not sure anything will take the place of this masterpiece:

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This dates from April 2012 but the creativity is just something else. The ridiculous part is that the front of the test was worked to perfection. Some pro-SBG spin: note that in a traditional world she'd get a 50, earning no credit for knowing all the material on the front. Also note the acknowledgment that she has a second chance at the strange material she has encountered. I can't remember if she did remarkably better the next time, but the test wasn't blank that's for sure.

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AuthorJonathan Claydon