Well, not this time!
I sure did procrastinate the first 2 days the papers were in my hot little hands, but then yesterday, I made 5 piles (because I have five days left until my class meets again) and divided the papers evenly into the piles (only 7 to grade on Monday-- what a luxury that will feel like) and stuck a binder clip on each pile and a post it reminding me what to grade which day. I also grade with a timer-- I don't always fit all of my comments into the allotted time, but when the timer rings, I know I need to get my shit together and finish up.
I LOVE these papers because no one chose the same topic, and my students are brilliant (and I have a paper about the Brangelina scandal as it unfolded in OK magazine, and that's totally my jam, as well as 2 papers about beauty company's Instagram feeds (different beauty companies), so they practically read themselves. Best. Job. Ever.
And sometimes, I can work from bed, so that's a plus, too.
All right-- back to it. I have 6 more to go today.
(Also, I cannot master grading on the screen-- any advice? My comments are either too long-- like with Track Changes-- or too brief (summative comments at the end). I use rubrics for the weekly assignments, but I want to say more than a rubric would allow on these proposals because I think the feedback is more important than justifying the score because there is revision involved. I had meetings with everyone last week to talk through the project, which helps when I go to give feedback on the proposal because I know back story that sometimes wasn't included, but I really want to acheive effective and efficient dialog through written comments, too).