Day Twenty-Two, and It’s our Week THREE Check-In!!!

Posted Feb 1 2012, 12:04 am

I can hardly believe we’ve completed three weeks already!!

Be sure to check in on the REGULAR RUBY BLOG (….which you can also reach by scrolling back up this page and clicking on the blue “Week Three Check-In” title).  There’s all kinds of cool swag, whether you met your weekly goals or not.

I’m still finishing my grading marathon: eleven hours so far today, with a few more hours to go tonight and tomorrow morning. (Cue country music: “Mamaaaaas, don’t let your baaaabies grow up to beeee English teachers!”)

But I’m sooooooo looking forward to this coming week, when I’ll catch back up and be on goal!!!

How’s everybody doing today?





12 responses to “Day Twenty-Two, and It’s our Week THREE Check-In!!!”

  1. You can do it! I salute you! On behalf of parents everywhere and of those of us who get to see your students when they reach college, THANK YOU. I know it seems like such a drudge, but I can tell within the first five sentences whether one of my students had a good experience with high school English. So yes, that red pen is appreciated by ME! And treat yourself to some chocolate and celebration when you are DONE.

    I’m so glad I built options into my goals–today kind of kicked my butt, but I pieced together 500 works with two aborted sprint attempts and then coupled that with 20 minutes exercise for my point for the day. Tomorrow I want more words but I’ve also got grading waiting too.

  2. Liz Talley says:

    Oh, I remember.

    Little confession – The last year I taught I was preggers with the second kid and so sick. I really struggled to make it through the year with my only goal of getting that pay check. Now, I was a good teacher and loved the actual art of teaching, but grading? Ugh. Not my fave. So, I remember having so much piled up, that I threw a whole assignment away. For all classes. Just tossed it. They kept asking about that writing assignment, and I kept saying, “I’ll get that back to you soon.” And then I never did. LOL. How bad is that? I don’t think I’ve ever shared that one. Confessions of a Naughty English teacher (who now doesn’t give a fig about using correct grammar!)

    So cheer up. At least you aren’t tossing away assignments and pretending they didn’t exist.

    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Don’t you feel better getting that off your chest?

      These days, with online grade-books that kids can check anytime, they’re checking their grades on their iPhones. You can’t hide anywhere.

  3. Elisa Beatty says:

    Options are the best!

    The grading here is nearly done…just a few more hours of crazed speed-reading, and I’m a semi-free woman!! (Until the next round of papers comes in, anyhow…sigh.)

    Of course, I’ve got lots of panicky high school seniors who got deferred from their first choice school and who are all watching the online grade-book like hawks. They keep emailing me saying, “Have you done my Hamlet essay yet? Is there any extra credit I can do? Do you round up from 89?” It’s a jungle out here.

  4. Kristina Mathews says:

    You’re scaring me. I am just filling out my oldest son’s High School Registration packet. I think he’s ready. I know I’m not.

    I will admit to throwing out entire assignments. I too, was teaching while pregnant, it must be more common than pickles and ice cream. My last year teaching was in a 5th/6th combination class at a year round school. While pregnant.

    I’ve since come out of retirement to work as a paraeducator with Kindergarten students. They are now starting to write. It’s awesome, their little minds are so much faster than their little fingers can keep up with, and they only have to worry about rules they’ve been taught. A handful of sight words and short vowel words, the rest is just creativity in action. One little girl wrote “I olwes get fles” Hey, it’s better than lice.

    Back to my editing.

    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Oh, I love that age group! My son’s in second grade, and this is the first year I haven’t been able to go help his class with writing.

      Last year, they were writing stories from real life. My son wrote, “My cat Zooie is crazy. If she knew I was writing about her, she’d bite and scratch me for sure.”

  5. Dottie says:

    Just wanted to let everyone know.. didn’t make the goal this week, 2k short 🙁 but added 1k last night, so I feel better about the shortfall.

    I was a speech teacher, so I didn’t grade papers 🙂 But I did work with my kids on class work. I have to say, I’m glad I wasn’t in a classroom all day long and grading papers all night long…. don’t envy eleven hours of grading papers!

    Dottie 🙂

  6. J.D. Faver says:

    I did get some done on my goals. I finished my final polish of my next release and formatted it. Got the cover last night and I love it. I did drive in to Houston to meet with my vicious critique group last night, so tending my wounds tonight and revising the YA (yet again) But I feel pretty good and encouraged. I have to thank the RSS for helping me focus on the steps I need to take to get where I want to go.

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