Sunday, March 5, 2017
SLICE #5- RESPONDING VS. GRADING
The papers sit in a messy stack on my computer desktop.
5 more Close Reading Planners. 15 more article reactions. Almost 30 System Functional Linguistic planners. Artifacts from the "Literacy for English Language Learners" class I finished teaching on Thursday night.
The class, along with 7 others, are required for teachers new to my district. It's a great class. I love teaching it. And as an oldie moldie, who is not THAT far from retirement, I love leaving my mark on all of these new baby teachers.
I don't so much love grading papers. It takes forever. Especially when the class has 31 students. Which this one did.
The problem for me is that I spend way too much time on each paper. For me, it's not about attaching a grade. It's not about filling out the numbers on a rubric, although I do use one. I could care less about the numbers or letter grades. Instead, for me, it's about the conversations.
I love engaging in conversations around people's work. I try really hard to give my students positive feedback about the things they did well. And then to push them to question themselves, and to engage in new thinking. I usually try to provide a link to one or two resources-- websites or books or articles that I think they might enjoy. It takes me a long time to respond like that.
I got up super early this morning to read papers. I read for four hours, then went to Colorado Springs to see my mom. I only got through 15 articles reactions. The Close Reading Planners take longer, usually 45 minutes to an hour each. The SFL planners are half an hour minimum.
And all of them have to be done by Thursday.
This isn't part of my regular job. This is an extra job that I started when my sons were in college. And just haven't quit. I still have to do work for my regular job too.
I actually should be doing that right now instead of slicing.
I'm thinking I have some late nights and early mornings ahead this week.
Because responding to people takes way longer than grading.