The first batch of grading is still underway. I sometimes leave the house to grade, settling in at a coffeeshop, where the distractions don't really involve me. No dogs to let out, no floors to clean, no husbands to chat with. Just (sometimes good, sometimes bad) music and (sometimes good, sometimes bad) papers, a warm drink, and my optimism.
When I began teaching in 2000, I had a really difficult time figuring out how to determine grades. Now I use a 1,000 point scale, and all work has a maximum point value towards that perfect 1,000. I'm a writer, people, not a mathlete! My boss at the time gave me the tiny calculator pictured. I have a cheat sheet on the back that lets me know how many points out of, say, 15, make a "B". I've been using this calculator for almost ten years.
I came home from the coffeeshop on Monday and tore my tote bag and purse apart looking for it. I was nearly brought to tears over its loss. I called the coffeeshop, and what do you know? Two hours after I left there, it was waiting for me on a table. I had to laugh. Here I was, acting like I'd left my laptop or
I'm just a sentimental goofball, I guess. Do you have something like the little orange calculator? Pretty worthless, but devastating if you lost it? Tell me about it, will you?