Though hopefully going into the office this afternoon, as soon as my package arrives. (excited!!)
Been trawling through a small mountain of programming assignments I have to mark, its pretty tedious work, since a lot of students tend to leave it to the last minute and as such there's not a lot of care and attention to detail, and its all pretty much the same basic ideas repeated cos they worked.
Many students, even the capable ones, feel its ok to do just enough to get the grade...yes maybe, but its not going to do them any favours when they get real jobs.
But I'm also happy to say that every now and again I fire up a CD and am happy to see a bit of extra effort has gone into some detail or feature that makes the assignment that much more interesting and then you know you got through to at least that student during the lectures where you bang on about quality of work.
Teaching can be a bit of a chore, but I do think the reward when you see that little spark of care is worth the effort.