She liked to start her school year by assigning an open ended creative writing essay. It allowed her to assess the competency level she was dealing with and also offered some insight into the psyche of her new students. In some cases, it gave her warning signs for potential problem students later in the year.
Of course, it wasn’t the most accurate test. Most students at least tried a little harder in the beginning of the school year to do better. But the signs were there.
Well, she either had someone who would need extra help, or a troll on her hands.
Time would tell which was better.
Genre: slice of life
Related to The Pain of Homework.