We start the Research Paper grind tomorrow, when their first assignment comes in. For one of the examples, I suggested the topic of street art--graffiti gone upscale, which led me to explore lots of different art by Banksy. It's a nice controversial subject, and one of his renditions is shown above, the gleaner taking a break.
I sat down at the desk today, and except for a short break for lunch and quick errand, I graded. And graded. And graded. Pizza for dinner. Back to grading. Finally at 8 p.m. I finished the last paper--a rousing 38%--and said (like the gleaner above), I need a break! So I stitched on my flower quilt and watched another couple of episodes of Doc Martin (BBC-TV) downstairs with my husband.
Grading Avoidance (GA) is an art, and each of us has to find our own way in this world of teacher-generated procrastination. Since most of my grading is done at home, my list will have that particular flavor. Here are some of mine:
Call Judy (friend and teacher colleague)
Call Dave (husband)
Make sure the fridge is working by checking its contents.
Call Barbara, my daughter.
Get some of the pretzel-type snacks from the back of the cupboard.
Sync the iPhone.
Download an audio book for later.
Facebook to see if anyone commented on my update.
Read the paper standing up at the kitchen counter.
See if Judy sent me any mail.
See if the Slicers have written any comments.
Write on their blogs.
Think about what I might write for the next day.
Check to see if mail has come.
Check to see if there are any more comments.
Shuffle the papers.
Update the grades.
Pick out the staple holding the essay together.
Work up the gradesheet for the essay.
Eat a cookie.
Decide what we're having for dinner.
Bring in the trashcans.
Print out the rubric.
Sigh, and realize that it's no good to wait any longer. . .