#sol17- Day 4/31 March 4, 2017
A Short Slice Because I Have Lots to Do!
When you have been a teacher as long as I have you should have it down to a science, right? After all, when I started teaching we used mimeograph “machines”, there were no computers in the classroom, I couldn’t use the internet to get lesson ideas, and so many other time savers had not been invented yet.
So, why is it that I am still such a procrastinator when it comes to classroom jobs that I avoid!?! I make deals and deadlines with myself to try to combat this syndrome. I impose artificially early goals so that I have wiggle room in case I do not succeed.
Student led conferences are Tuesday and Wednesday and I know what a lot of work these entail. I really did start early, but here I am on Saturday morning busily adding my “teacher comments” to all of their agendas (thank goodness for Google Classroom, which allows me to do this from the comfort of my couch). One job done (but I note not all students have finished their part- oh, Monday will be busy!). Next job is assessing their writing end of unit on demands- a job that always takes way longer than the time I think it will. Of course, that means I will have data to enter in my assessment folder.
I have plenty of other jobs I have to do before Tuesday, but I need to pace myself so that I still feel that crushing pressure of impending deadlines, so that is all the work I have planned for today. By Sunday I will undoubtedly have worked myself up into a tither, mostly self-inflicted… You should see the list I am making for what I have to get done on Monday! Then there is Tuesday’s list. I know it will all get done, but, man, I could really make life easier on myself by not pushing things to the limit. Maybe one day.