Key to Josh's Comments on the Listing Assignments

• What you want to see next to each of your items is a little red slanted line. This is a left-handed person's check mark, and it means that you got full credit for the item beside which it appears. In any case where you don't see a check mark, you should find either an explanation of why you didn't receive credit or one of the following codes:


(1): If you see the numeral 1 in a circle, I'm saying that it's not clear to me that this is an example of the third word in the assignment title. For your L1 assignment, in other words, it's not clear that what you've written is an example of a problem. You may have described a situation, you may have told me with whom or under what circumstances you have a problem, but you haven't told me what your problem actually is — and that's what the assignment asked you to do! Remember that a problem has been defined as "a disconnect between what you have and what you want or need." Any item that's been marked with a 1 in a circle doesn't do all of those three things.


(2): If you see the numeral 2 in a circle, I'm saying that it's not clear that what you've written has to do with communication. For your L1 assignment, in other words, I get it that this is a problem, but it's not clear that it's a communication problem.


(3): If you see the numeral 3 in a circle, I'm saying that it's not clear that this has to do with you. For your L1 assignment, in other words, I get it that this is a communication problem, but it seems to me that it's someone else's problem, not yours.


# ___ : If you see the # symbol followed by a number, what I'm saying is that the one next to which this comment appears is the same as the one whose number appears after the # symbol. Don't worry: this isn't as complicated as I just made it seem. Here's an example: say you see #3 next to your fourth item. What that means is that your fourth item is in fact the same as your third. Keep in mind that the assignment is for each of your items to be different from each of the others.


NS: This is not a sentence. The assignment is to write in complete sentences.

?: I have no idea what this says, either because it's written too carelessly to be legible or because, although I can read it, it's not clear to me what the heck it means! Remember that you're writing to be read by someone who isn't you!

• If you find that you can't read — or can read but don't understand or agree with — my markings, your best bet is to talk with me face to face outside of class time. I'll be happy to translate my carpal-tunnel-afflicted writing into English for you, and to explain the things you don't understand. I promise you that your having such a conversation with me will never result in your walking away with a lower grade. The worst-case scenario ought to be that, although your grade doesn't go up, your appreciation of how to earn a higher grade next time does!

 

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