Today the afternoon was a work day. And I so needed it. I spent the last 3 hours or so grading, and I'm still behind. Ugh. At least I feel semi-caught up - meaning the stuff I still need to grade is all from this last week. Nothing older than 4 days to grade. Yay!
There are a couple of reasons grading is getting to me this year - 1. I started collecting and grading homework, rather than just checking for completion and marking down a score. I think it's more valuable for the kids this way - but man, it takes a lot of time! 2. I don't have any after school work time. All of my days (M-Th, anyway) got booked up with one thing or another, and so I don't get any planning or grading done between when school ends and when I go home.
But, I'll get through it. It might mean taking some work home, or maybe just staying 15-30 minutes longer each day, but I'll make it work. That's what teachers do, right?
On a separate note - this morning was a PD session, and we spent the morning watching and discussing a Webinar by Grant Wiggins on the Common Core. It was some good stuff. I got a lot out of the Webinar, and we had some good discussion around it. It gave me a good format to start thinking about incorporating the Practice Standards into my curriculum, and it was a good reminder to keep making kids think deeper - even in the little things I do during my lesson.
We also did a close read of the Practice Standards, and I kept thinking of Dan's Ladder of Abstraction. There is a lot in the Practice Standards that asks kids to abstract situations into math symbols. I like the idea of having ways to help kids build up to being able to do that, and do that well.