On the positive side, though, is that out of 46 students who handed in the total of 16 written assignments each this semester, only one student tried to plagiarize on a single assignment. And this was a student who missed most of the course. Everybody else struggled with the material honestly and without Googling anything.
Thirty-nine out of 46 students did quite well. I think this is a very good result for an intensive summer course where we cover the material of 15 weeks in 5.
And the biggest prize of the year goes to:
In 711 Muslims invaded the Iberian Peninsula and soon conquered most of Latin America. They subjected the tribes that lived there before (Visigoths, Aztecs and Incas) and established a culture of tolerance. Everybody in Europe became every interested in what was going on in medieval Latin America in terms of knowledge. The King Alfonso X created the best school of translation in the Latin American (Spanish) city of Toledo.
I left this one for last because I knew I would find something like this there. It goes on like this for pages. Not a glimmer of a realization that Latin America and Spain might be different places ever appears in those pages.
I’m definitely due for a break from teaching.
. . . that is doing well in terms of democracy, culture, women’s rights and gay rights is Spain,” I learned from a student’s final exam.