The Pile

24 Oct

My teaching partner and I sit down towards the end of each month and plan out the next. We are amazing. Most of the time.

Sometimes, we make mistakes. Not in the planning or execution of the units or lessons. It is more an issue of timing the turning in of assignments.

Hence, the pile.

I don’t know how we didn’t see t when we first planned October, but somehow we had a final draft due in writing and a project due in reading. With a TCRWP trainer coming for two days,  we had the kids turn in an in-class assignment, and the pile grew.

Our first autumn storm rolled through this weekend. It was the perfect Saturday for cocoa on the sofa. Taking advantage of the bad weather, I got it all graded this weekend and entered their scores in my paper grade book and the electronic one. Yesterday, I returned the pile and felt free.

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6 Responses to “The Pile”

  1. Darin Johnston at 6:02 am #

    There is a certain sense of freedom when you clear the board of grading. The problem is, it always keeps coming! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this very real slice with us! And happy Tuesday! 🙂

  2. arjeha at 8:02 am #

    It is a wonderful feeling when piles disappear. With so much going on, sometimes things get forgotten in long range planning. Keeps life interesting.

  3. Ramona at 3:39 pm #

    How delightful that you had an autumn storm and cocoa on the sofa to clear the piles! Here’s to fewer pileups in the future. They can certainly be overwhelming.

  4. mbhmaine at 5:10 pm #

    We just had the same sort of pile up here–interestingly enough, it also coincided with a TC developer visiting! Our 4th grade team had a “scoring party” on Friday after work and knocked out a bunch together, but I still spent hours digging through piles over the weekend. It does feel good to be more or less done though!

  5. It is figuratively and literally a pile. I understand how work loads get, especially with grading papers. I am currently working on my Teacher’s certification and bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Grading papers will be in my routine by next fall when I start teaching. This is a great reminder that grading papers can be enjoyable depending on how you execute it 🙂

  6. Brian Rozinsky at 7:58 pm #

    Ah, the best-laid plans… The ebb of piles, the flow of freedom. Congratulations on navigating the former to reach the shores of the latter!

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