I asked a question and all I got were these papers
October 6, 2011 2:05 PM Subscribe
What are your grading hacks for really, really boring papers?
posted by media_itoku to education (24 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I've just received a stack of 21 incredibly dull papers. Help me get through grading them without jumping off a bridge.
I've noticed that I tend to get boring, vague papers when I'm insufficiently detailed or overly directive in my assignments. Even after all these years of teaching, I still occasionally miss the mark. Clearly I did so on this one, probably (looking over it) for the latter reason, and of course I plan to revamp it next semester. So no need to cover that territory - I know what I'm doing.
But that doesn't help me get through *this* stack over the weekend.. any tips for surviving the grading process when the papers are all basically the same (it's an analysis essay, and they got to choose their own document, so not literally the same, but they're all pretty much the same structure and show the same lack of depth/understanding/interest). College, 300-level, if it matters.