Sunday, September 25, 2011

From the "Bad Professor" Files

Over a week after receiving them, I determined that today would be the day that I sat down with the first papers from one of my classes. Kind of has to be, because Tuesday I'm getting a batch from another class, and I want to be out from under one stack for at least a couple hours before getting buried under the next one. So I got up early, went to the farmers' market, and then went home intending to put away the groceries and grab the stack of papers.

Except that they weren't on the table.

Ah, of course not. Because I was cleaning stuff this weekend. So they must be over here...

Nope. Not there either.

Well, how about the two other places that they could possibly be in my tiny apartment. No, and... no.

There is no other place in my apartment they could be. They are definitively Not Here. But neither do I remember taking them Elsewhere. It's just a largish, binder-clipped stack of papers that has somehow mysteriously vanished.

This would worry the crap out of me, except that I have made a conscious decision to tell myself that I took them up to the office for no good reason. Or maybe I'm confusing this binder-clipped stack of papers with one for a different class that I did bring home, grade, and take back to the office, and the ones for this class never made it home in the first place. Either way, I tell myself, I will see them sitting on my desk when I go up Monday. Right?

::sigh:: I am supposed to be cultivating attentiveness. Instead, I usually feel like this:

5 comments:

Susan said...

A colleague confessed to me that she had once managed to put a fully graded stack of English comp papers in the washing machine...

Belle said...

Gonna wash that rot right outta my hair...

ABDMama said...

You left us in suspense. Did you find them?

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Just got up to the office. They're in the file drawer... apparently, right where I left them.

Attentiveness, indeed.

Contingent Cassandra said...

I receive pretty much all papers digitally these days, which means it's very hard to lose the original papers, but still possible to lose some graded/commented versions (though I'm pretty good about backup, for obvious reasons; grading is painful enough, and re-doing it is excruciating). I'm not sure that's an improvement.