Monday, April 5, 2010
I am beginning to think that grading is going to be one of the most difficult aspects of being a teacher- especially grading students' writing pieces. For homework tonight, I reviewed a persuasive college essay. I found many awkward sentences and slang language used throughout the essay. I also took note of the writer's voice and tone throughout the paper. The writer, a student criticized by the public and many members of his own family for street racing, used a bitter and angry tone throughout the entire essay. I found myself bored to death hearing about this student and how much he hates that no one understands his love for street racing. Looking at the holistic scale, I found it difficult to put this student's piece in a specific grading category. When I did the "checklist" on the back, it made my job much easier because I could specifically locate which items for lacking in the essay and take points off. But then I ask myself, should I really take THAT many points away because this kid is angry at the world? Am I just not a good listener? Ahh the duty of grading students is sure to be a challenge when I do begin teaching. I've learned from reading this essay how important it is to "back up" a teacher's grade by providing a checklist of components that are required for points. While this does limit a writer's freedom, it also helps them because the teacher can be more objective in order to justify a grade.