Thursday, July 26, 2012


Grading papers is never not the worst ever.

I am always feeling torn between being the uplifting teacher who engenders confidence in my students and the realistic one who doesn't hand out a false sense of academic success.

Honestly, I get the feeling my students don't care either way.

They just want the highest grade they can achieve while still finding time to post the latest Ke$ha-Katy Perry mashup on Facebook.

I have spent my afternoon grading in the heat of my bedroom (only 3 more weeks of no air-conditioning!) and reflecting on how many times I can write "I don't think this word means what you think it means" before I quit and join in the conversation that has currently ensued between my students on the mashup video. OMG it's soooo crazy.

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em I guess.



  1. love this. always love your blog.

  2. katie, if you're blazing hot come over to our house i'm telling youuu!

  3. A cold washcloth on your forehead, a cool drink in your hand, dip your toes in a basin of ice and watch the Olympics. Problem solved.