The Balancing of Grading and Reading

stack-of-papersFor this week’s Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Reader, I thought I’d start by explaining where I’ve been the past three weeks. Now, your brain probably went somewhere exotic and exciting, but alas I have mainly been……at work. We are in the last three weeks of the semester at my college, and as such I am overrun with grading. And grading. And more grading.

I teach multiple sections of English 2, a composition course which includes a 6-8 page writing in the disciplines paper and a subsequent 8-10 minute multimodal presentation on the process and the product for that assignment. Both of these assignments are completed in the last five weeks of the term. So between student questions and grading, I haven’t had much time for anything else.

Except a trip to Iowa to see my cousins of course…one must have priorities. My grandparents, mother, my kids, and I made the 7 hour road trip and hung out with my aunt, two of her kids, and their kids for the weekend. We even had a little adventure when a nasty storm, complete with tornado, hit and we lost power during dinner…with seven kids under 7. They thought it was awesome and spent some post-dinner time telling each other (completely not) scary stories:


I have also of course gotten into a handful, and even finished, a few books since my last post here:

  • Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing – This collection of writings by talented black authors, sharing their thoughts on the role of reading in black lives from restriction to revolution, is one of the best collections I’ve read in recent years. I hope to have a review up this week.
  • Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It – I read this as part of a faculty book club at my college, and ultimately I loved it, in part because the book spends a great deal of time arguing the necessity of a liberal arts education. The book makes many excellent points – which I primarily agree with – but it was definitely a shallow dive rather than a deep academic exploration of curiosity. I have one or two chapters left, so this review will probably be next week.
  • The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act – The first graphic novel I’ve picked up in over a year, The Wicked + The Divine has not captured my interest the way I wanted or expected it to. Right now, I feel like I’m not getting into the story because it’s flipping around too often and too quickly. I am willing to admit, however, that a big part of the problem may be the way I’m reading it – short snippets of time – and I typically read graphic novels in long stretches.

And last, but not least, I created a new Stuffed Peppers Recipe that my whole family (including my picky kiddos) loved. Now, neither kid ate any of the red pepper, and I had to pick the black olives out of Madison’s, but you know still a major win for me as I get very tired of meat you can dunk in BBQ sauce with a side of green beans or corn – my kids’ preferred meal.

I would love to hear what all of you have been up to lately!

9 thoughts on “The Balancing of Grading and Reading

  1. Aw nice that kids can make the most of a power outage! Sounds like you had a great trip (minus the tornado)!

    Curious definitely sounds like an interesting read. As a strong believer in the value of a liberal arts education I’m kinda intersted in that one.

    Good luck w/ the grading!


  2. A tornado for you, too! We can do with less of those, right?

    I admit I love stuffed peppers, but I don’t actually eat the pepper. I just like how it seasons the meat. lol

    I hope you have a fantastic, tornado-free week!


  3. I’ve got The Wicked and The Divine on my readathon pile this weekend. I picked it up awhile ago but didn’t get into it right away, I think the flipping around was hard for me too. But, readathon seems like a good time to just dive and read through a chunk, so hopefully that will work and I can decide if I want to keep going with the series.


    • I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it, and as always I’m jealous you get to participate in the Readathon. 🙂 Have fun!
      I did buy the next two volumes to give them a try. We’ll see.


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