Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Saturday Life of a Seventh Grade Teacher...

I am taking a VERY quick break from something I hate, hate, hate: grading papers! I assign these long-term projects because they're good for the kids, they learn a lot, and it gives us time to go wayyy deeper into curriculum than we ever could with just a worksheet...but my-oh-my they take a long time to grade. I had the students make ABC books about the Renaissance (not just A is for Asia...but detailed paragraphs for each letter of the alphabet). It all sounded like a fabulous plan until I go to sit down and grade 30 books with 26 pages each in them and a rubric that grades four different components (historical accuracy, illustrations, writing, & spelling in grammar) with five different grade choices (far below basic, below basic, basic, proficient, and advanced).

And as you can see, I had to sit at the dining room table - because with my belly, there's no where else I can sit comfortably. Eleven books graded. Nineteen more to go....

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