I have started having the students write essays this term. I mark them (which in case you are wondering, is the most boring thing I have ever done in my life). I give them a score and post the best essays on my bulletin board.
Today I gave back the first essays and I think I may have unleashed a beast. I guess I knew the kids were competitive, but I did not realize they would be so excited about having their essays posted. The class is all really, really smart girls. They are great to teach, but I am worried that I will be chased down and beaten if I make a mistake marking and scoring the essays.