10 Real Things I Wrote While Grading

Tuesday, October 28, 2014




Hi.

I haven't posted in a while because I've been grading fictional short stories for the last twelve hundred years. Why? Because I told my students there was no page limit for the assignment. I'll pause while you laugh at me and point and shout, "ROOKIE MISTAKE!" jeeringly.

(Pause.)

Thank you. I needed that.

Now that that's done, I actually did enjoy grading them. Their stories were awesome and they actually read their rubrics, which figuratively speaking made my heart explode with never-ending confetti. I also enjoyed grading them because I began to realize that some of my feedback would sound very, very strange if taken out of context. 

So I decided to publish it on the Internet.  

Here are 10 real things I wrote while grading:



I mean, don't we all?


Super stinky scarf, or superhuman senses? This is important.


If you've had the popcorn in Chicago you will understand that this is a valid question.


Or a governor-appointed granny?


(Note: It was in the linen closet.)


Can't believe I fell for the old bait-and-switch!


When only the last paragraph of a paper is messy, you may as well make a note to your teacher that says, "Rushed to finish writing this on the bus, xoxo"


This would be a strange thing to shout in a movie theater.
Or anywhere.


This story was AWESOME and I am still thinking about it.



And finally, the comment that gave me the idea for this post:



I already can't wait to grade next year's short stories.

#thingsIneverthoughtIwouldsay

Love,

Teach

21 comments:

  1. Love them! Makes me want to read them all. Totally curious now especially about the wound licking?!

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  2. Love this! Would you be willing to share this project with us?

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  3. I.am.dying. It almost makes me want to teach middle school, but then I would miss second grade journal writing....which is only one page or three sentences!

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  4. You must be a SpringBoard teacher, just like me. Those narratives were torture to grade. I made the same mistake you did. I had some kids turn in 30 page stories. I gave up after awhile and just skimmed. Thank goodness I had them highlight the parts of the hero's journey that they included or I would have never finished them.

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  5. After reading a romance narrative that all of my class had to write, I wrote to a student.....I'm pretty sure that a well dressed young woman wouldn't say....'May I sit here? Some wanker is in my seat.'

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  6. Love!!! Yes, I'm a H.S. English Teacher of 20+ years, and I still make the rookie mistake at times regarding length. But, hey, who are we to stunt a student's imagination and enthusiasm for writing? Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Love these! I can so connect to the popcorn in Chicago statement- I was introduced to it this summer when I went to Chicago and a friend told me I had to stop by Garrett Popcorn. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! :)

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  8. I am currently in my last semester of classes before student teaching next semester. I love the idea of writing down things students say, write, or do that is funny. I have never thought about writing down the comments that we, as teachers, may write back to them. I hope to write down information like this when I am a teacher, so that when I am not having my best day I can go back and look at these. I believe that this will help remind me why I wanted to become a teacher. Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  9. Today, on a physics assignment I just wrote "but are you the REAL Slim Shady?"

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  10. Teaching, learning. The circle of life.

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