Oh midterm grading time! School has wrapped up, yet the blog has not been updated much, and midterms are the reason why. Essay after essay after essay needs grading, and when you multiple ten minutes for the average essay, times three essays per midterm (not counting short answer questions), times an average amount of students, well… perhaps, as my mom jokes, I should have become a science teacher.
As an adult, I think you come to realize there is a big difference between tasks being hard because they are difficult, and tasks being hard because they are long. When you’re a student, taking a midterm can be in the first camp. Now as an adult, interestingly, things flip and grading midterms falls into the former camp. I don’t hate the process—I mean, I absolutely love teaching, and I love English—but grading can get a bit tedious at times. Cheers to the weekend though, because I think I am going to take a good two days off and do fun things with Leah, who will have to return to work up until the holiday.
Though what I do hate: bad handwriting. I swear, each class has an aspiring doctor or three….
–Jeff and Leah