I have this week and next week scheduled for my classes' last paper. This week, we're going over APA citation format in class, and then having a research day on Thursday. Next week, they're freewriting on Tuesday, and workshopping/peer editing on Thursday.
The week after, we move from papers to blogging for two weeks (four posts, total), and then we're absolutely done with class; final exams are scheduled for the next Tuesday for both classes (5/9), and will be nothing but students emailing me missing work during the time set aside for the final exams. I won't be on campus for that. And by the end of the day, I can and will be turning in final grades.
I am tired. I'm ready for summer break from trying to cram new writing skills and bring out the ones present in my students.
Fall semester's going to be rough. I'm going to have back to back 75 minute classes. I'll be done with the teaching by 10:45, though, and should be able to set office hours to be done by 1:00...which will give me a little while to go run errands, or crash until it's time to pick up the kids.
Today, I'm working on grading paper 4 and revisions of paper 3 that were turned in. I just wish the course site would cooperate more, instead of taking more than a minute to load the paper to grade, be sluggish on scrolling down as I read the papers, and take another minute to record the grade, then yet another to maybe load the next paper, or maybe just put me back on the gradebook's main page...where I have to select the next paper myself, and wait for it to load.
Needless to say, that is NOT the way it's supposed to work.
I'm still working my way through the ones turned in through the course site for my earlier class; the paper copies are still in my bag, awaiting attention...and I forgot my freakin' pencil. And I'm not comfortable grading in pen, because I tend to get nasty tempered and snarky with students who repeat the same corrected mistake from one paper to the next to the next. And many do, even if more learn.
I'm still playing with the fountain pens I got for my birthday, last month, and despite loving my Conklins, I absolutely adore the lime green TWSBI Eco I got. I'm DEFINITELY spending more on one of their Diamond 580s for the next pen I get (and one of their special ink bottles that make filling the pen a much less messy proposition). The Eco holds a TON of ink, writes smoothly, and is just an all-around excellent pen (even if, as a piston-filler, it would NOT be a good pen to fly with filled). It also doesn't really like to be carried on its side, jostled around. It burps into its cap. Doesn't do that if you carry it upright, though.
I do plan to get either one of their vac-fill pens (which also have a special, less-mess ink bottle), or another piston fill eventually. However. Before that, I DESPERATELY need a new coffee pot--my current one takes fifteen minutes to brew 12 cups, if it's been freshly cleaned. Otherwise, it takes longer. And a brown-out will cause it to lose the clock, so pre-setting it the night before doesn't really work well. That's fine for over break and summer, because I'm not in a hurry for it, but I have to be AT WORK by a bit before 8:00, for my first class. And that's a bitch.
I miss my Cuisinart Grind-n-brew. Fast, power blinks didn't wipe its clock settings, and I could put beans in and not mess with a separate grinder. That's on my list for fall.
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