How did I let myself get so far behind? Maybe I did it on purpose – I was so annoyed with the focus on grades that I wanted to let it sit back and push toward focusing on the content. Maybe it was my minor addiction to Civilization V. Maybe I just give out too many assignments.
I stayed until 6 today, skipping out on happy hour, to try to whittle down the pile before bringing it home, because marking period grades are due on Tuesday. However, because I was also doing notebook checks, I prioritized those and didn’t do much whittling.
When a student saw how much I had to grade, he said, “Wow, that’s so much. But I can see why you’re behind – you actually have to read everything and make comments and check if it’s right, not like some other teachers.”
So at least my hard work is being noticed.