Tired & Stupid

I've just finished grading essays & final projects for 125 students. I feel tired & stupid. I wrote the beginning of a post about grading, but it just seemed garrulous  & tedious.  When I finished grading this afternoon I went out & worked in the yard a bit. First day this spring above 70. Pulling weeds. Lovely. I hate grading. I can't help feeling guilty for not pulling even the worst fuck-ups above the line of failure. If only I had explained things more clearly. If only I had made the requirements more explicit.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

3 thoughts on “Tired & Stupid”

  1. Hi–been following your posts with interest, particularly the teaching-related posts. (I teach at the college level in Atl.) As a former colleague once said to me during a similar moment of despair, “Just because they didn’t learn it doesn’t mean you didn’t teach it.”

    I had two students this semester who plagiarized twice–TWICE!–on different assignments. And we had talked about plagiarism, I’d shown them multiple examples of it, and still. We do what we can, and unfortunately, it never feels like enough.

  2. My comment is: shouldn’t this be tired and/or stupid, so we have more choices? Do we always sign up for both of those at once?

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