I have a lot of grading of student papers to get caught up on. Finally I had managed to clear a complete weekend to try to get caught up -- and then found myself crippled yesterday by a fierce headache. It came back this morning. Coincidence? Bad luck? Or did I create the headache as an excuse to keep postponing this difficult task?
Why do I have such a block about grading? Why is it a task that has become harder over time instead of easier?
At the beginning of the semester I resolved to grade each set of papers at once and get it over with -- but that noble plan has long ago collapsed into dust.
Part of the problem is that it takes such time and energy that I feel I need big blocks of time to do it and get it done. There is nothing more frustrating than to do three or four papers and then have to put it aside, so that when I come back to it, I have to re-read those papers to ensure that my grading standards are consistent across the batch of papers. So I tend not to grade in small doses like that. I wait for big chunks of time (which are very hard to find in my complicated life) -- and then get so overwhelmed by the immensity of the task before me that it's hard to get into it when I do have the time -- or a fierce headache suddenly attacks me, like this weekend.
There are other factors that make the task difficult too. I think I've written about this before. But I bring it up again simply to ask for help. Do other teachers out there have this problem? Have other teachers found a way to deal with this better than I have? Are there any secrets to how to just grade a batch of papers immediately when they come in, efficiently and effectively, without a lot of angst?
5 years ago