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Has it been 10 days yet?

Yup.  I just counted from my first post, and it was on January 16, making today day 10.

I missed a couple of days - both times I had begun writing, but didn't finish or didn't publish the draft - but I also double posted a couple of times, to try and catch up. Still, this is post number 8, on day 10.

Not bad for a rookie, right?

We started exams today, and since my first class doesn't write until Friday, I'm trying to be productive and mark their major lab reports before I have to start marking their exam papers.  It's going slowly... #BellLetsTalk day is in full swing, making my phone buzz and my computer bong with alerts as people tweet and re-tweet. Yes, I am easily distracted when faced with a task I don't always enjoy.  I also wrote a reference letter for a former student who is applying to the SickKids Summer Research Program, and its deadline is before my mark-entry deadline, so I justified writing it before grading papers, too.

Just imagine if I was "working from home" today... dishes & laundry might take precedence, too.

I am happy, though, that the labs I've graded so far are pretty good.  The students were given a sample lab as a guide (on a slightly different, but related topic) and a quick run-through of the expectations for data analysis (i.e. what kind of calculations were expected, characteristics of a good graph) and it seems to have helped.  Here's hoping that the rest of the class followed instructions as closely as these first few!


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