You see this stack right here. This is a stack of papers I have been grading for the past 3hrs. Using a bright pink pen. You see, I used to think that my students would toss the graded papers and ignore my comments on them. Then I switched to digital grading and copying and pasting comments with every click. They never read them.
Not this time, not this year.
I went back to using pen and using my weekends to decide which brightly colored pen would I use. Tonight, in all its glory of pink, I have seen the difference. This is the 2nd stack and tomorrow will be a third stack and quite possibly Thursday might be a fourth stack. You see, I have made genuine comments with the first stack including, “Dude. I gave you 30 minutes and this is all I get? [Grade] D.” Oh, and, “Great quotes and citation. Now use Academic vocabulary in your response. [Grade] A.”
Now we are at stack 2 and the students have taken my advice and it is wonderful. WONDERFUL.
And this is why, personally, grading on a Sunday does not seem so bad for me. At least for now. It makes me see that the students are working on how to be better readers and writers. I will, of course, scaffold from this activity (they will write 8 sets of Reader Response assignments for Sandra Cisneros’ “The House on Mango Street”) and with each set there will be a new lesson to build on.
I just hope my students keep this up! I hope I can keep this up.
As soon as I saw this I was really intrigued as I remembered Angus and Julia’s cover of You’re The One That I want and how it floored me because of how simple yet elegant it was and this version of Sia’s Chandelier has done it again. Its so toned down and different compared to Sia’s original that you wouldn’t even notice it was the songs were the same, fantastic cover again by Angus and Julia Stone - Jakk
So Jade, how do you feel about mangos after paper 1? 😂😂
I’m actually YELLING because when I saw that in the poem, I knew there would be a million memes about it on the HSC discussion group on facebook- I was right. Same with football pitches and bookstores- I’m so glad discovery is over, it was my least favourite module!