Reading students’ work

Assignments had to be handed in just before Halloween, so at the moment my evenings are taken up with marking them. I’m really enjoying this, the only trouble so far has been some slight unhelpfulness on the part of my computer…

What I like, actually, is when a few people select the same topic to write about. I’m fascinated to see how many different slants they can find. It’s not just that no two assignments are the same: no two are even vaguely similar. It’s something like a voxpop, only with each person delivering 750 words of crafted text. Whereas if they’d been door-stepped by a TV crew, the probable end result would have been fifteen seconds of crushing embarrassment.

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