gives me much anxiety.
I wait for complaints.
In addition to getting better at staggering due dates for my own grading sanity, I realized today that this foresight has other benefits.
I crumble a bit inside when students don't feel I've graded them fairly. I go through the rubric with them. I give feedback on drafts. We look at enough examples to understand the product without stifling their creativity. Their final grade is explained. Yet, it seems, with each assignment there are one or two students who don't feel they were graded fairly.
I handed back two larger writing assignments today. After watching one student crumble up his paper without reading the comments and another mutter anger under her breath, I felt entirely deflated.
So much time put into each assignment.
My willingness to discuss any grades after class was not taken up on, and I fought frustration with my students and myself the entire way home.
Tonight I will work through another rubric and try to eliminate as much potential for subjectivity as I can.
Tomorrow, I will try again.