Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Where's My Spell and Grammar Check Button?

I have just started a long term subbing position at our High School. This position entails teaching freshman and junior Language classes. The teacher just went on leave to have a baby (which was born yesterday morning at 7:45 am. Mother and child are doing fine). She ladi out 8 weeks of lessons that she wants me to cover--no problem. She wants to check in periodically during her time off to see how things are going--no problem. I have to grade all the papers and work turned in while she is gone--PROBLEM! I hate grading English papers!

My wife teaches reading, writing, and math at the 6th grade level. She uses a computer program that tells the students what they have done wrong on their paper. It counts up spelling and grammar errors, and suggests changes that could be made. The students have the choice to leave their story as written, or make the changes. When they are done, the teacher can hit a submit button, and this porgram will check it for errors, and cross check it for plagiarism. All the teacher has to do is read through the error sheet and assign a grade. Unfortunately, I don't have access to that program for the High School.

Guess I'll have to do it the old-fashioned way.

Wish me luck. Have a great day. Stick.


Delirious said...

I'm happy you got the long term sub position! :)

Nene said...

I'm glad you got the position too. Wish I lived closer - I'd help you. I'd love grading their papers. :0) I know it's tedious though.

Inklings said...

You can do it, and I am so glad you have long-term job right now. You do write, you know.

Mr. Giggles said...

Just Google topics. I had a paper turned in a few weeks ago. The language seemed beyond the student. I went to Google and typed in the topic, and Lo and Behold, Wikipedia had the exact wording in their article! the second half of the paper was different -- came from a different web-page two slots down from Wikipedia! I made the student re-do the paper and do it for less points. I was being kind. I wanted to give them a ZERO!