The total fell a bit short with three thousand, seven hundred and eleven pages of student work assessed before the final exams. (I’m not waiting around to count the few assignments that came in woefully late or are pending via incompletes.)
Honestly, the number is staggering which helps to justify the exercise of logging page counts. I won’t suggest that every one of those three-thousand plus pages were marked with the same fervent attention to detail (a one-page paper proposal can be skimmed more rapidly than the opening page in a final seminar paper). But there’s a certain level of care and attention (as well as record-keeping) that goes into assessing so much material. That’s the definite downside! Factor in that I’m running the latest I’ve ever gone with marking: the last marks I’d have liked to submit by 22 December certainly won’t go in until after New Year’s.
However, I won’t let that get me down as I just heard back from the conference I really wanted to present at and I’m in! Let the celebrations begin!