Watching Ben Zander in his Pop!Tech talk the day after submitting final grades for my classes is a humbling experience.
This week, I have worried a lot about teaching. Am I being fair and consistent in my grading? (That's a big one for me, as I know unfairness drives students absolutely nuts.) Did I ask reasonable amounts of work? Was I too soft?
Zander makes me think those are not the first questions I should ask. The first one I should ask might be, "Did I lift students up, or did I grind them down?"
I may have done more grinding than lifting this semester.