I hate grading tests. Not gonna lie. I value it. I’ve gotten better at it, but I still hate it.
And so, when a student out of his great kindness seeks to make grading tests a joy I applaud him loudly. This takes a number of different forms. Sometimes a silly, ridiculous answer, followed by the correct one, as in the instance below. Sometimes a drawing of the concept done in a humorous way. Sometimes a reference to a discussion or joke made in class.
Here is today’s example:
Discussion Question: Give a brief description of the biome you live in and why it is classified that way.
Student Answer: “The warm, lush, tropical climate of North East Alberta, Canada, where, in the winter season, children run around in swimsuits all day… Just kidding! The hostile retreat-to-the-freezer-where-it’s-a-bit-warmer-than-outside land of North East Alberta consists of mostly flat prairie landscapes and (also flat) tiaga forest, known as the Boreal Forest. These two main biomes in my local area are classified as temperate grassland and tiaga.”
Well done, sir. Its clever and effective use of sarcasm and mostly it made me grin real big while grading his test.