Grading Papers 101.

Rule#1 for grading papers: Try to make it fun. I have four stacks of papers to grade this weekend. I’ll be lucky if I get through three. In order to be more productive, I need to create an agreeable environment for work.

I often work with different typewriters, but, if I need real speed, I use either my Olympia SG1 or my Underwood 6. The former will crush my patio table. Underwood 6 it is. Add a nice chair and a fan for the humidity and I’m golden.

Now I need to pace myself. So far I am providing too many comments for each paper. I need to better streamline my comments today. Aside from that, typing out comments, photographing them, and uploading those comments for students is a time saver. Only those who use typewriters will believe that statement. Were I to use the grading software, I actually would be taking more steps–and, of course, I wouldn’t be having any fun.

Now back to it, Underwood 6!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. John Cooper says:

    I want an Underwood 6! My local typewriter guru recommended them to me just last week. But all I see for sale are the 5s.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      They occasionally appear on Shopgoodwill.com. Yeah, I lucked out. It was a gift from my girlfriend and it had already been refurbished. I simply had to repair some lettering on the keys. The cupped keys have a nice feel—like any early SC Sterling. The decals are not as fancy as the Underwood 5’s, but it can really type.

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      1. John Cooper says:

        I keep an eye on the local Goodwill’s listings, so maybe one will turn up. No way am I going to trust someone to ship one of these beasts!

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      2. mcfeats says:

        Highlight of the day: A troop of kids, appearing like 21st century little rascals, strolled by my patio today. One girl stopped. Her jaw dropped. She pointed and said, “That’s a typewriter! I’ve seen those in movies!”

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      3. John Cooper says:

        That’s priceless!

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  2. Richard P says:

    For my next batch of papers I have a pre-printed rubric on which I can circle appropriate responses, then type a general comment at the end. I hope that will make the process pretty quick. I feed the comments through a high-speed scanner so that I can have a copy, then I give my students the sheets of paper.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      That sounds like a great idea. I need to think about it. The perk of sending photos of comments back to them is that they are uploaded to same place where students submitted the paper. I never have to carry paper around and the documentation is time-stamped and accessible from anywhere. (I teach in several buildings this semester. I need to keep my load light.)

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  3. Bill M says:

    If your Underwood No. 6 is anything like mine it is a really nice typewriter.
    I found one in near mint condition about a year ago. It is a joy to use.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      Mine graded sixty papers this weekend. I’m going to reward it by cleaning the slugs and ribbon vibrator tonight. I’m tempted to reward the workhorse with an apple.

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