The Paper Mountain

15 Mar

I buried myself. It was unintentional, but it was all my fault. One assignment was a longterm project to be done at home. The other was the final project for our information unit, the teen activism book my 6th graders produced, much delayed after 10 snow days this year. And I collected their writer’s notebooks. I was swamped with paper,stressed and worried about getting the work back in a timely manner. Two classes of 30 x all this work due at the same time. Are you feeling my pain?

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Today, though, I finished grading the information books and I feel like I have summited  a mountain. Or maybe crawled out from under one. Maybe, really, I can just see the summit from where I am. Bu this feels like significant progress.

The science teacher on my team has kids turn in everything electronically, but I don’t really find that a good process for me. I was feeling a little behind then times, until a colleague shared this article about the value of hard copies. Vindication.

I still have a bunch of papers to grade, but I am feeling less burdened. If I may mix my metaphors a bit, I might say there is a light at the end of the tunnel I just crawled out of.

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9 Responses to “The Paper Mountain”

  1. shaggerspicchu March 15, 2017 at 5:25 am #

    Wow, that is a lot of paper! I hope that you come across many inspiring pieces of writing in that mountain of white. I am with you on the paper versus electronic submissions!

  2. anita ferreri March 15, 2017 at 5:31 am #

    I too am trying to do more electronically – but now you have made me stop and rethink how modern I want/need to be!

  3. Melanie Meehan March 15, 2017 at 5:35 am #

    I’ve been working on my book with a pen in my notebook, and there’s something different about the process. I welcome you to mix your metaphors–sort of like that concept!

  4. terierrol March 15, 2017 at 5:52 am #

    Sometimes the work is mountainous, so glad you dug yourself out. Thanks for the link about handing in papers.

  5. cindaroo42 March 15, 2017 at 5:57 am #

    Yikes it is a big stack, but you will get to see it gradually disappear. I’m a fan of hard copies myself.

  6. arjeha March 15, 2017 at 8:13 am #

    Congratulations on scaling the first mountain. I remember how the paper use to pile up and often wondered how I let this happen. But, at a slow and steady pace piles were conquered and yours will be too.

  7. Terje March 15, 2017 at 10:54 am #

    Step by step, with breaks in between, and you will get everything graded. Until the new piles appear.

  8. elsie March 15, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

    That’s the life of a language arts teacher. I hope every paper made you smile as you read it, not just when you finished it. Work away!

  9. ritakenefic March 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    I feel for you. My daughter often gets up at 5:00 on a Saturday or Sunday to get herself out of the paper tunnel. Hang in there!

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