One of my biggest shortcomings as a teacher lately is that I have been letting grading pile up. At the beginning of the quarter, I had every intention of grading work every day, but somehow, it’s the middle of February and that just hasn’t happened.
All of this is to say that I desperately needed to do some grading this evening, but the task felt insurmountable.
Cue fellow teacher’s suggestion to grade at Denny’s.
I followed that teacher’s suggestion without really thinking about it—hence spontaneity—and three hours later, I’ve made a significant dent in the backlog. Maybe it was the activity around me, maybe it was the use of food as bribery, maybe it was Denny’s existence as a liminal space—for some reason, sitting at Denny’s really helped.
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