Can someone keel over from too much grading?
I love teaching. I really do. However, this weekend the grading nearly did me in. Above you can see my wonderfully color-coded folders for my classes, packed with the papers I graded this past weekend.
(Quick Guide to Folder Colors:
Yellow=Sunshine=Morning 101 class
Red=Stop and Breathe Deep for the Week Ahead= M/W 96 class
Blue=Mellow Out and Relax =T/TH 96 class
Green=Super Growth=American Literature II
Purple=Sunset=Evening 101 Class
Manila=Everyday Use=Everyday 9:30 class)
I try and make comments on every paper, and I thoroughly mark every essay. I really believe that the students need to know their content is important--what they have to say is important, so even as I am marking sentence-level errors, I am also making comments on their insights.
This takes a lot of time.
Did I mention the 101's are partially on-line classes, so I have lots of homework on-line to check too? Last I checked there were about 250 assignments there.
Did I also mention that I promise my students I will return their papers one week from the day they give them to me?
I think I may go crazy before the end of the semester.
That could be entertaining for everyone involved.
The good news is, if I go completing nutty/batty/wacky, I'll make sure you all get to come on the trip with me.