Here, there, everywhere

The thing about marking student assignments is that as the school year wears on, the task becomes correspondingly more wearisome. The quality of the assignments themselves is a moot point; the mere fact of having to go through the exercise is what saps a teacher's spirit.

Why do we do it, then? Because we don't have the luxury of sitting down for an undisturbed hour with each student to go through his/her work and talk through the soundness of the ideas. I mean, we could offer those Oxbridge-style tutorials, but then we wouldn't have time to do anything else all year.

So this weekend, I dutifully betook myself to various locations in an attempt to keep my spirits going. There was Terz's new office space, there was Sod's at East Coast, there was Book Cafe and finally, there was our couch.

Originally uploaded by Tym.

(No prizes for guessing what the above is.)

Now I'm all done. This was the last formal set of essay assignments I'll mark for the year, but sentimental? Not I. There are still other assignments to get through over the next few weeks, then one final lot of examination papers in September. Miles to go before I sleep.



At 8/18/2005 3:08 am , Blogger trisha said...

Hi Tym,

I share your sentiments regarding marking. Some days I wake up, all raring to go and attack the next stack of essays with gusto (such moments are rare though). But most of the time, I look and look at the pile despondently and tell myself I need a life.

Some suggestions of places you can bring your essays to:
1) Marks & Spencer's cafe at Centrepoint (have tea and scones while you mark. Makes you feel like an Oxford don.)
2) Delifrance at Funan Ctr. (reward yourself with a new gadget after the ordeal!)

Press on!! The end of year is near...

At 8/20/2005 2:34 am , Blogger Tym said...

Thanks for the suggestions! I didn't know about the M&S Cafe at Centrepoint, but I'll check it out some time. I tend to give Delifrance a wide berth, as a general rule, plus Funan is just too tempting! Not only for gadgets, but I have a tendency to lust after new (and completely unnecessary) running gear at the Royal Sporting House outlet there.

I think I'll be at Book Cafe again tomorrow ...


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