Spannungsbogen

August 20, 2010

Defined in my favorite novel ever, Dune, as the self-imposed delay between thought and action.

It just occurred to me, poring over student data, that essays written immediately after reading a text were of lower quality than of essays written after they’d read the text, discussed it and then wrote it. Here I was thinking in-class essay scores would bump up averages. Turns out it’s formal essay scores that drive up the scores. Also, midterms and finals but that’s purely on account of my soft-heartedness, which I have rightly been called to task for.

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