In a recent article I wrote about key practices that can help you write and publish more while you have a heavy teaching load, I identified that one of those practices is grading more efficiently, and readers responded with emails, specifically requesting support for how to best go about that. In this article, I aim to respond to that SOS. Source: Helloquence/ Unsplash The advice that I share is hard-won, and it took me many years to get to this point. I remember trips back home to visit my parents where I would play catch-up, laboriously marking papers. My mother, a former educator, remarked that the papers I was assigning were too long, that I didn’t need students writing that much if so much of the writing was garbage, and that spending that much time on each paper was not accomplishing anything for anyone. My dad just shook his head, insisting that it would make more sense to throw the papers on the staircase and see where they landed, giving each step its own letter grade. Their impatience with me was palpable. Yet somehow I also knew that what I was doing was neither sustainable nor necessary. I sensed there had to be a… Read full this story
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