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The Trials & Tribulations Of Grading Essays

Renowned literature teacher Ms. Loretta Kenney is known for her rigorous English courses offered to freshman and juniors. Christian Brothers literature teachers are known for their fierceless grading and mortifying rubrics. However, Ms. Kenney views her grading process through a different lens. “Students say I grade hard, but I have to be honest,” Ms. Kenney […]

Renowned literature teacher Ms. Loretta Kenney is known for her rigorous English courses offered to freshman and juniors. Christian Brothers literature teachers are known for their fierceless grading and mortifying rubrics. However, Ms. Kenney views her grading process through a different lens.

“Students say I grade hard, but I have to be honest,” Ms. Kenney says.

A student will turn in an essay and hope for the best, yet every student knows in their gut if they have rushed their thoughts or struggled to organize them. Ms. Kenney stresses that “honest feedback is key.”

In life, people treasure honesty until the truth is not the treasure they hoped for. Growth is curated when a student can see criticism as an opportunity to morph into an even better version of their academic self.

Ms. Kenney suggests that there are two common themes when it comes to the abilities of high school writers.

“There is a student with great ideas that has trouble conveying them because they lack a large vocabulary and good structure. Then there is a student with bad ideas, but good structure and vocabulary.”

The sweet spot lies when above average ideas are combined with above average vocabulary. Anything exceeding those suggested requirements separates a good writer from a great one. It is impossible for a writer to convey ideas properly without vocabulary and structure as support beams.

Ms. Kenney is familiar with these themes as she is able to receive 129 student essays at once — 100 from her juniors and 27 from her one class of freshmen.

“People underestimate what it takes to grade that many essays,” Ms. Kenney claims. “It is mentally exhausting — it is underestimated how much time it takes”

In the instance that Ms. Kenney receives a shorter handwritten timed write, that will take approximately 20 minutes in order to grade. However, a formal essay can take 30 minutes if hard analyzing is required due to lack of coherent ideas from the student.

Next time, think about how hard the literature teacher worked to grade an excessive amount of essays and understand that without honest feedback growth is impossible.

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