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the spreadsheet is done and the incomplete student addressed. I could do a few response papers which might be good for the grading and commenting muscle without straining it. I can't explain why grading papers is so fucking difficult. I mean I've explained it again and again but you know these days it is not nearly as painful as it used to be but it is just as difficult to get started as it was that very first time when I had no clue what to write on them.

it's not just that it takes time. lots of things take time. it's not even that it requires intense concentration--I'm better with that than I used to be and don't knock myself out to understand things that are poorly written. I just say "I have no idea what you are trying to say here" and leave it at that. well usually I am a little more diplomatic than that.

there are other things I'd rather be doing of course but it's not like I'm going to go do them. I'm going to sit here and berate myself for not doing what I should be doing. why is this preferable to actually doing, I wonder? because really, that is the alternative: work or fret. why is fretting less painful than working?

screw this. I'm going to do some response papers.

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expanding_x_man
Dec. 14th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
here are other things I'd rather be doing of course but it's not like I'm going to go do them. I'm going to sit here and berate myself for not doing what I should be doing. why is this preferable to actually doing, I wonder? because really, that is the alternative: work or fret. why is fretting less painful than working?</>

I think you have it. The idea that fretting, in spite of it all, is less painful than working... Now, why is that? It is an ultimately unsatisfying state, a kind of bardo - a "hungry ghost" bardo on top of it. Now, what the hell AM I saying? LOL --

I guess it's time for me to get to work also, nearly. I have never graded papers and I bet that is intense. Having to pass judgment and - have it actually carry into something important in the real world.

Yea, getting down to work is always difficult- but once one is there, it isn't nearly so bad.

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