Back in April, I noticed that at least one person was coming to A Meeting With Your Writing more often once classes had finished at her Canadian university. Instead of once a week, she started coming both Monday and Thursday. Since others were finding it hard to justify coming at all, I asked her … [Read more...] about Writing in Grading Season
In my Planning classes I talk about the importance of defining your priorities and setting boundaries. An email from a client reminded me how hard that is in practice. This client was finding it hard to juggle her priorities as the end of term approaches she has a conference paper to write … [Read more...] about When priorities and boundaries feel like cutting corners: Grading Edition
Marking student’s work is hard for many people. Emotionally hard. This example captures how that emotion affects your work process: Grading is a very unpleasant activity; even for those of us who enjoy coming to class and engaging our students in lively discussions about the subject of the day, … [Read more...] about Thoughts on the emotional toll of grading
This post refers to the break between semesters, which in the Northern Hemisphere tends to incorporate the Christmas holidays. Often the exams and assignments that come in at the end of the semester need to be graded before the beginning of the next casting a bit of a pall over the break and making … [Read more...] about From the archives: You can ignore the grading
I know you want students to attend your class. I know you think they will learn more if they do so. I know you think they will learn more if they participate in discussions. But your goal is for them to learn things. You might even hold out hope that at least some of them might get excited … [Read more...] about Why should students attend your class?