2017–18 course 1 essay 1


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This term’s first big batch of grading — essays for my Canadian politics course — is due no later than Monday evening. Please wish me fortitude in getting through the last three dozen.

I believe basically everyone finds grading stressful and tedious. It invalidates my ordinary procrastination flowchart, since it is always possible to devote time to long-term projects or self-care activities instead of reminding people that essays need to have a thesis, or tabulating grades in Excel and U of T’s poorly implemented online portal.

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Myshka December 2, 2017 at 11:16 pm

Keep your chin up. I’m sure your students will appreciate your dedication!

Milan December 2, 2017 at 11:28 pm

Thank you.

I put a lot of effort into helping students learn to write. Up to a week before a paper is due I will look at drafts and provide comments, including in 20-60 minute in-person meetings.

I distribute essay writing tips, write detailed comments on all papers I grade, and meet afterwards with any students who want to discuss them.

Milan December 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm

I’m down to 14 papers in 2 topics: probably 7-9 more hours of work. Then I need to match them all with students in my grade database, check the average, deal with late marks and all the accomodation letters, and upload them to Blackboard.

Milan December 4, 2017 at 4:21 pm

I’m done with the grading, but still have hours of administrative work calculating late marks, dealing with extensions and accommodations, and posting the grades.

I should just be able to finish before running off to return these papers and invigilate a midterm: yielding a new batch of grading.

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