- preempting what kind of grade they "need" for their degrees (my only response to that is, "you should have thought about that when you did your assignments and worked harder"),
- complaining about their participation grades (again, "you should have tried to speak up in class"),
- asking at the last minute if they can write their exams in French (and there is no one in the exams office to actually answer this question for me, even though it's well within office hours and it's the exam period right now!),
- asking what their grades are so far (it was posted to them yesterday, lazy buggers can't even be bothered to check their email),
- waiting till the last minute to do peer evaluations (and finding that it takes a day for the system to generate their password and so they will miss the deadline), or
- needling for information about what's on the exam (as if I'm going to tell them).
This kind of behavior is guaranteed to put me in a bad mood. And that pissy mood will likely translate onto my grading.
On top of all that, I'm required to invigilate my own exam and read through a list of procedures that makes me wonder if this is just an exam or whether we're trying to negotiate for world peace. The red tape at our university is astounding. As a colleague of mine who will be a visiting scholar here in the fall can affirm: he had to confirm for the third time today that, yes, he'd like to be a visiting scholar and, yes, he accepts the terms. It makes me wonder about academia and management structures, and our poor budget that keeps getting cut. How about we cut some red tape and simplify our processes? We could probably get rid of half the administrative functions that way.
The worst part is, that during my exam, the Netherlands will be playing their second World Cup match so I won't even get to see it. Again.
The rest of the weekend looks no better. Hubby is on a long business trip, leaving me with the household until I go on my own holiday. A colleague is insisting on working Sunday morning. And then there is all the grading to do. Plus the convocation (graduation) ceremony next week.
Ho hum. At least the sun is shining and I think I'll take the dog for a little walk later this afternoon to relieve my aching back.