++$_ -- yes, I'm quoting myself -- wrote:
The midterms have been graded. Overall the class performed quite well. There were some outstanding performances as well as some not so good ones. The stats are summarized below -
St. Dev. 20.1
Apparently, I got one of the 100s
Way back when I was in AP English: One day, in class, the teacher passes around a handout that's blank except for a single paragraph. When I receive my copy, I recognize it as the concluding paragraph to the first essay I had turned in for the class. "All right," the teacher says. "Today we're going to discuss conclusions. The paragraph you have there is an example of a bad conclusion." Ummmm....
It turned out that he had intended to pass out my conclusion to the other section, and a conclusion from their section to our section, but somehow he had messed up.
It evened out, though, as later in the class I received that teacher's first 100 on a major assignment, ever. In retrospect, though, I have to say that... I entirely deserved to get that 100
The next semester, I was one of the few students to remain in the same class. The rest were new (and of course had No Idea what to expect). The day before our first in-class essay, he passed out two in-class essays from previous years and asked us to grade them. Which we did. Then we went around the room and told the class how we would have graded the essays. The first seemed pretty good, and everyone's grades were in the A to A- range, with a few B+es. The actual grade turned out to have been B. But then things got worse.
The second essay seemed fairly good to most people. The grades given by the class were in the B+ to B- range. I (the grizzled veteran) knew what to expect, and guessed the lowest grade I could possibly stomach giving to that essay, which was a C-.
The actual grade? D-.
Needless to say, the AP tests were insanely
easy after two semesters of this class.