Problems of the Week
Cavalry Instructions
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ESCOT PoWs
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The following are QUICK START directions:

  1. Log into the POW office - using your name and password.

  2. Select the "Cavalry" link. This is where you go to "claim" work for yourself. This gives you a list of the puzzles that the cavalry can answer.

  3. Select a puzzle by clicking in the "unassigned answers" column. The numbers show you how much work there is to be done that has not already been assigned to another mentor.

  4. Click in the check boxes for 3 submissions. That's enough to start - you will eventually figure out how many you want to grab at one time, but try not to grab more than you plan to do in a single sitting, so that others can grab submissions too and that students receive replies in roughly the order in which they submitted. Once you assign work to yourself, it doesn't show up in the list for the other cavalry members, and the only person who can see them is the POW administrator for that puzzle.

  5. Click on the "Grab Checked Answers" button at the bottom of the page. Don't go to the next page (it's just more answers) or it will forget which ones you selected.

  6. After you click "grab checked answers," you will be taken to your work page.
    Here you have a list of the solutions that you've assigned to yourself. The procedure for answering them is pretty straightforward, barring "problems." These instructions assume all is "normal," and that you know what the problem is for the week.

  7. Click on the "view" link at the left side of the first listing.

  8. Read the solution with a critical eye.

  9. Grade the problem:
    1. Credit or not? If you say yes, their name appears in the list of students who got the problem right.
    2. Did they get the bonus right or not? If there was no bonus solution given by the student mark unattempted. If they tried the bonus and got it wrong, mark no. If they're right, mark yes. If there was no bonus included with the problem this line will not be shown.
    3. Include their solution? Yes means that their solution will appear on a long page of all the credited and included answers. No means either they didn't get it right, or they did but the answer is so uninteresting (or confusing) that you don't think anyone else ever needs to see it. Hilite means that their solution is so superb that you think everyone should see it, and it will be included in the "short answer" that contains only the highlighted solutions and a list of the names of students who got it right. If you highlight something, add something to the "comments" field right there so that I know why you liked it.
      Hint: You will usually hit "yes credit, yes include" or "no credit, no don't include".

  10. Notice that "Reply" is chosen and click on "Do it!"

  11. Leave their solution in your reply. When writing your reply, try to make it really easy for them to find your comments. If their answer is really short (everything fits in the given window on the reply page, and you don't have to scroll to see it all), you can put your reply after their answer and before your signature. If it's longer than that, put your reply after their short answer and before their explanation. If you have specific comments about things throughout their reply, put your first feedback at the top, and indicate that you've written some other things later on. Make sure your comments are easy to find, and are set off by blank lines (not lines that start with >).

  12. Click "Send."

  13. On the next page, click on "back to answers," and you will get thrown back to your list of work to do.

  14. Repeat as necessary.


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