I’ve got to cut back on my assignments. I’m giving out too many in too short a time, and they’re taking their toll on me. Students, too, don’t take the time to truly understand what it is they’re doing and treat it more like a worksheet than as an essay that needs full contemplation.
So I need to cut back in order to do more. The fewer assignments will carry more weight, and hopefully make a greater impact.
However, the downside looms over me. Frequently the only way to get students to act is to make an assignment for them to do.
I hate using a grade as a hammer.
There’s got to be a better way.