I graded five papers in almost three hours and gave up.
Why are research papers so difficult for students? Many of my best students who write beautifully on timed writings fall apart and often write incoherent phrases, sentences, and paragraphs in research papers. I understand that documentation is harder for students, but the major errors I am finding so far have little to do with documentation.
As I grade, I'm also completing the English teacher shuffle. If you have ever graded essays or research papers, you know what I mean,
First, I put the papers in stacks of 5 so I can keep a tally of how many papers I have.
Then I start debating whether or not I want to grade what I think will be my best papers first so I can move quickly and smile or if I want to grade the weak papers first since they take much more time.
While I'm debating, I re-stack my papers into groups of 10 so it will look as though I have fewer papers to grade.
Then I count how many papers I have graded in the hopes that maybe I miscounted the first time.
So far, I have graded papers randomly and have assigned one F, 2 Cs, and 2 Bs, not a good start. At this rate, I'll need 17 days to grade papers, and I have a new set of timed writings popping up on Monday.
Grading research papers is brutal.
We should receive combat pay.Maybe today will be better. I'll start by counting the papers I have graded, and then I'll put the ungraded papers in new stacks.