Sorry for the long delay between posts. Here’s a summary:
Friday was mid-quarter. Yikes! Where did the time go? Usually mid-quarter finds me frantically updating grades online and feeling guilty when I receive the friendly reminder from my principal that this task is an expectation for the job. This year I felt (surprisingly) guilt-free. I’m going to credit all the hours I spent organizing the room back in August for this one. My new grading system is efficient. Students turn work in to their class tray. I clear the tray at the end of the day. and move it to the grading file on my desk. Once it’s graded it is stored in the “to be returned” hanging file holder. I’ve also been using the participation logs to indicate when a student turns in a digital assignment (dropbox, email, shared folder, etc). These practices have made me much more aware of students with missing grades which is a huge relief at mid-quarter.
I had a closing shift at my other job on Friday, so my total hours for the log were just the regular school day, 8.5.
Sunday I spent 1.5 hours prepping lessons for the upcoming week.
Monday evening marked the first meeting with my retreat team for the senior class retreat in January. Several teachers meet with the two student teams for four months leading up to the actual retreats. In total we will meet for Formation Meetings six times, have one workday and one run-through of the retreat. It is a huge commitment from the students and for me as one of the adult leaders. I love these meetings, but they are exhausting. School day, an extra hour prepping and grading, and the meeting meant an 11 hour day for me on Monday.
Tuesday was my crazy block day. Crazy. I teach all four block periods with only an hour free for lunch and “activity”. Yesterday, the yearbook staff had their virtual artist session during this period. The girls brought their lunches to my room and we had a conference call with a designer who showed us some ideas for our cover. Pretty cool technology and the girls loved every minute of it, but it meant I was racing yesterday from one class to another from 7-3 without any real break. Which left me totally burnt out and unwilling to bring any additional work home with me that night. 8 hours for that day, but it felt like 80.
So from Friday through Tuesday I’m logging 29 hours.
It’s going to be a long day today because I’m the freshman class moderator and we have their induction ceremony tonight. More on that in another post!