Each Wednesday (or thereabouts) I’ve been recording a Curiosity Journal to recap the previous week using these tag words: reading, playing, learning, reacting and writing. Sometimes I mix up the order, just to keep you on your toes.
Care to join me?
This past week’s reading: 14 student papers, three to five pages in length, MLA format with a Works Cited page.
I estimate this process of reading, commenting, evaluating and grading consumed 16-20 hours, including e-mail exchanges with students and parents, and an hour-long phone conversation. It’s exhausting.
However, the autodidact in me is more than satisfied. I learned about everything from bioluminescence, concussions, and graphic design, to puppy mills, windmills, and lice.
If I can count the notes I sent back to my students as writing, then I wrote practically nonstop.
What did I learn this week? See “Reading.”
The only chunk of time when I wasn’t trying to slip in more grading was when my brother and I took my dad out for his birthday at a small-town restaurant, the Mayberry Cafe.
Forgive my brevity this week. I’m sort of shell-shocked from the grading.
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