I am a black-and-white person. I tend to see things in either/or binary choices. This manifests itself in perfectionist paralysis: "I can't do this to perfection, so I won't do it at all."
This is the opposite of the Eat the elephant one bite at a time philosophy, and explains my current predicament.
Here is what a week's worth of turned-in math homework looks like. Most of my classes this year turn in their homework in a packet (one packet per week, per student).
I don't generally have time to grade every paper in a single session, so I am stuck with doing things piecemeal. Taking this large grading task and breaking it down into smaller bits. Which is a recommended and useful approach. But is not what has actually happened over the past bit of time.
|Darn it! I have procrastinated. Again.|
Voila: a month's worth of turned-in math homework for 3rd and 4th period. Now how am I going to find the time to get that all graded?
Partial success story: I have graded one week's papers each day for the past four days (of Thanksgiving break, mind you). Why, oh why, couldn't I have done it this way all along?
Digging myself out of a self-created hole, one shovelful at a time...