Wednesday, September 09, 2009

A Terrific Idea From A Writing Teacher (Note: This Is Not An Oxymoron)

Hello all:

Right now your humble blogger is up to his adenoids in essays to grade.

Here's an idea that will help free up not only my adenoids, but my ability to post more rant-filled inanity on the subject of public school education. I have about 80 papers left at this point. If I could get 80 of you to take just one paper each we could knock these puppies out in about four minutes. Five on the outside.

Without your help, the flow of priceless blogging inanity will stop. Consider this like one of those obnoxious PBS pledge drives, but with grading instead of money. Oh, and without the obnoxiousness, unless you count plenty of student misspellings, run-on sentences and poorly constructed arguments to be obnoxious. Which, frankly, I do.

So who's with me? Raise your hand if you'll take one of these papers! Keep those hands nice and high so I can see you!

If we all pledge now I promise we'll all get to bed by 10 p.m. tonight. Otherwise, at least one of us won't be asleep for quite some time.

P.S.: I've always felt sorry for those PBS Pledge Drive people. So sorry, so empathetically angst-ridden that I madly hit the channel changer to move past the scene o' grovel as quickly as possible. I'd seriously rather grade 80 7th grade essays anyday than watch 60 seconds of PBS Pledge Drive (with the Beach Boys DVD if you pledge $120 right now). Just thinking about it makes my pile of ungraded work so much more pleasant in contrast.


Anonymous said...

Ah, the classic avoidance-behavior column.

Hope the grading was not too painful, Scot!

Abuelita2 said...

Sure, I'll do one! Just need a rubric.

Anonymous said...

I'll take a bunch of 'em if it means you will keep reviewing train-wreck websites!