I WILL NEVER GET OVER CASE MCCOY DERP FACE. EVER EVER EVER. <3
oh McCoys, never stop sucking against my Cats. :D
I posted onto that Facebook post about scantrons and unleashed a bunch of bitchy undergrads at me. I simply pointed out that professors don't run the scantrons, a separate entity does (and usually the TAs take them there and have to separate them out, if you're a dumbass and can't figure out how to put your A/B/C exam into the A/B/C pile) and during midterms, when every other professor is trying to have scantrons scanned, it may be a few days before we get the results. THEN we have to go through those and calculate them if there aren't 100 questions to figure out exactly how many each one has and then put those into the computer. The lovely people that commented afterward basically told me that their professor/TA should drop EVERYTHING, including other classes that they might be taking, so that they get their grade within 5 minutes of them walking out of the room. *eyeroll*
I think I only ran Scantrons once, and that was as a favor to a grad student. Didn't help that we had to go all the way to the Hale basement for it, either.
That said, I'll take any number of Scantrons over 44+ five-page papers. That was the one thing I wasn't great at in student-teaching, getting the papers back quickly enough. I got better, but never great.
All of us TAs would get together over coffee and grade papers together so that:
A-we could get a second opinion if we're unsure
and B-so we can laugh at how awful most of them are.
The second class I TA'd for at IU was constantly like, "When are we going to get our papers baccccck?" the class after we had collected them. Well, you see, I have to grade them and I have two 10-page papers of my own to turn in this week. Thankfully, my professor understood that we're way busier than our students (and even him) and would stand up for us if students complained. I think that's the main thing about any job -- if you have a superviser that sees that you're working your ass off and will go to bat for you, it's probably going not be all that terrible. Sometimes. :P
My fondest hope is that as an undergrad, I never bugged my TAs the way my students were all over me sometimes.