Two more weeks...
I haven't been blogging about teaching, because, while I appreciate the well placed curse word, the entire entry would be a blue rant. Recently though, I've developed some perspective and I think I can give it a try. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. He is my censor.
We have two weeks left. This week, I have been innundated with requests for grade checks. Most of these lead to the question, "Is there any extra credit?" Oddly enough, they don't seem as amused by this as I am. My laughter is always ill-received.
My policy is this. If you have turned in all your work, throughout the trimester, and taken advantage of the numerous opportunities to correct your work, you're getting at least a B in my class. If you haven't, then asking me to create and grade a project that will lift you 20-30 percentage points on the scale is unfair. I explain this at the beginning of each trimester. I send letters home 3 times a year explaining this. And yet...
Last Friday, I sent out updates, so parents could see what their child was earning and why that was the case. Needless to say, on Monday, I had 5 billion messages from parents wondering about extra credit and little Johnny turned this in, I know because I helped him with it...blah, blah, blah.
It should be noted here that teachers DO lose work. I've done it. And I am happy to give benefit of the doubt. But when it's a major project that I had to call home about? I'm thinking I probably didn't lose that one. You never returned my call from a month ago, regarding that project. Why is it that you're calling me on this now?
The long and short of it is that I have to turn in grades by next Wednesday. Huh, you inquire? Why Wednesday if you have a week and a half of school left after that day? I don't know why. I do as I am told. Have I mentioned my principal hates special ed and does not understand the need for having on a mainstream campus? Uh-huh.
I'm sure I'll be spending the next three work days trying to surface from the pile of papers on my desk, grading like a mad woman. Thank God for my stalwart aide. Guess I better enjoy this weekend.
Coming Soon: Drama Queen's Birthday Spa Slumber Party!!!!