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!