Bons mots

  • "We live as though the world were what it should be, to show it what it can be."
    ~ Angel, "Deep Down," Season 4

  • It is difficult
    to get the news from poems
    yet men die miserably every day
    for lack
    of what is found there.
    ~ William Carlos Williams, from “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”

Stuff to do before school starts

  • Set up a LibGuide for student writing workshops/publications/etc.
  • Clear off desk at home so that it's a good workspace
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for AP Lit
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for 10th grade
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for 9th grade
  • Revamp 9th-grade final project & set up start of school to reflect that change
  • Set up Schoology page for AP Lit
  • Set up Schoology page for 10th grade
  • Set up Schoology page for 9th grade
  • Reread The Joy Luck Club

House and home projects

  • Touch up hallway paint & add lightswitch plate
  • Paint foyer door and replace door handles
  • File down top of coat closet door & repaint it
  • Stain the wooden floor strip (part of our new door installation)
  • Get sump pump serviced
  • Get doorbell fixed -- fixed by our neighbor! I do still want to figure out how to turn up the volume
  • Paint the bulkhead doors
  • Mow the lawn & place the mosaic tiles by the front steps
  • Replace the smoke alarms

« Three more grading-on-the-iPad thoughts | Main | On writing before school »

October 19, 2012

Comments

That sounds like a great success all around!

I'm glad that you've devised a good system. I love to mark papers using my netbook. It's so much easier to track materials there and comment on all the papers. But you're correct that it isn't easy for the students to learn how to follow directions. Mine still have problems getting the right format for papers and they're in first year university!

Um, my graduate students (some with previously earned graduate degrees elsewhere) are still thrown for a loop when I ask them to correctly title a PDF.

I love what you're doing with this, and wish I had the notability program--is it pricey? Oh, wait you probably got it with the ipad. Still...all round coolness. My handwriting totally deteriorates after grading more than one or two papers, so this would be nice.

The Notability program is only $.99 -- quite the bargain! -- but I think it is strictly an iPad app, because it runs on IOS rather than OS. But if you have an iPad, I would absolutely recommend getting it!

I'm enjoying these grading posts, WN, and have downloaded Notability in addition to all the other apps to give it a try with grading.

Very interesting to read this! I still grade by hand (though this could change if someone were to offer me an iPad), but on selected papers I type and attach a longer comment. Having those to refer to as I write college recs is very helpful (also helpful, of course, is looking back to see what I said on previous papers. They have portfolios in which they keep their past essays, but those aren't always to hand).

Thanks for the link to "Grading and Its Discontents." I'll be sharing that with my students, too!

When you have 10-15 minutes to spare, I would encourage you to do a quick edit of this post, and email it to your development director. I'd betcha a quarter that s/he will be thrilled to have a "testimonial" to share with the donor!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Who is this What Now?

  • I'm an English teacher at a pretty darned good high school (the justly famous Fabulous Girls' School, or FGS). I am partner to D. We live in an adorable, messy little house in Adventure City, where we are hoping to have more frequent adventures than we have thus far. Two cats -- the Muse and the Contemplative -- live with us and keep life at home plenty adventurous.

    Email me at whatnowblogger at yahoo dot com.

Blog powered by Typepad