I just finished typing up comments on my students’ first drafts of their final paper. Eight-ish hours of reading drafts, at this point in the school year, makes me feel a bit kooky. I think I’m going to sleep before trying any more major brain activity. But doing a teaching-duty stretch like this ensures that I can wake up tomorrow to do my own work! Yay! By now I’m really ready to read a book! I really don’t like having papers hanging over me, so I get them done as soon as possible, preferably all in one sitting, so that I can assess each student within the context of his peers’ papers.
But I’m going to go to sleep with “In the novel Persuasion, by Jane Austen, a major theme is . . .” in my head. Here’s hoping I don’t have nightmares about a Jane Austen novel–that would be too sad for words!