For those that don’t already know, I was in Daytona grading AP English Language exams during the week of the 12th, which was a lot of fun. I met some excellent teachers, who taught me to look at my composition classes differently. Reading what the high schoolers wrote in answer to the prompts made me re-evaluate what I should be expecting from my freshmen, because AP students are supposed to be capable of placing out of my course. (Here’s the inside scoop: most of them are not, which makes me want to focus on more basic stuff with my students.)
It was a fun experience, not least because ETS puts you up at the Daytona Hilton, which is all oceanfront rooms and has direct beach access. Not a bad way to spend a week. They worked us hard (I graded 846 exams in 7 days), but it was worth it. Not only does ETS pay well for a week’s work in a nice location, but you have every evening free with nothing to do, so I got rather used to a piña colada overlooking the ocean at the end of every day, sandwiched between beach time and hot tub soaking.