If you’re considering a career in Education…
I fully support your dream.
I’m an educator. I love my job.
That being said: Grading is the single most boring thing ever. My brain feels like it’s melting out of my ears after two hours or so.
I’m not saying this to dissuade you from your path.
I’m saying this to give you advice:
- Plan time for it. It takes time, so you need to schedule yourself the time to finish it.
- If you have a lot of it to do, plan breaks for yourself. Every 15 minutes, every half hour, every hour. It varies by person and what else you have going on in your life. But plan breaks. For your own sanity and health, plan breaks.
- During your breaks, move. Stand up. Jump up and down. I don’t care what you do, but move. Don’t sit in your chair and surf the net. Move. Your body needs to move.
- Doing other work during your breaks does not count as a break.
- I do, however, support changing it up now and then. I switch back and forth after breaks from assignment to assignment sometimes. I keeps me from getting too comfortable with what I’m grading. If I’m mindlessly grading something, I’m obviously not paying attention. My students gave me the attention while they did the assignment (I hope), so they deserve my attention when I’m grading their work. If changing back and forth from assignments keeps my mind more alert, I’ll do it!
- Eat. You need to fuel your body.
- Get a comfortable table and chair. Seriously, it makes all the difference in the world. By comfortable I mean one that supports your body. It should support your behind and your back. Posture is important. The more uncomfortable you are, the less supported you are physically, the quicker you feel fatigued.
- Don’t put yourself in a place full of distractions, but allow for something fun. Listen to music. Have the TV on (in the background). I usually do music because I can listen to it, but not actively participate in it. It’s just there. Once in a while it will catch my attention and help to “wake me up” a bit.
Anyway… I just thought I would throw these out there. Grading can be mind-numbing. But it gets done faster and with less fatigue if I do it right.