Dinner will be finished in a few minutes, and then I will begin my exciting evening of studying for my midterm exam. If I were super-ambitious, I would move on to grading to the massive amount of papers I've required my students to write over the course of this semester.
Those papers leave me sighing and thinking: there have to be others ways to get students to process information and learn writing skills without requiring an actual paper. I already know I'm going to have to revamp for next year so I'm not so behind; however, I also feel like I've lost certain aspects of my creativity.
A recent conference did a bit to renew some of that creativity, but I still feel like there has to be a way to require certain skills of a student while avoiding a crazy grading load.
Other teachers feel this way?
I recently ordered the book Teach Like a Champion after several recommendations. I'm hoping the suggestions will help me rework the lesson plans in classroom so I can reach goals without becoming completely overwhelmed.
Right now, I have two sets of papers for English II (150 papers total), two sets of papers for English III (50 papers total) and two sets of papers for English I (40 papers). Total, that's about 500 pages of reading and correcting. And that doesn't even include the tests and worksheets.
Please don't think I'm complaining. I love my job. It's pretty fantastic overall. But my ambition in teaching often takes over my better judgment regarding what I can accomplish in a day. So here we are.
Do you have certain expectations of your students? What about teachers? Do you expect them to work in certain timelines? Or are you willing to grant leeway when you know that person really is working to educate your child?