I am not sure which was worse, pretending I wasn’t worried about my skin cancer being the bad kind of cancer or grading essays for my school district. Since the biopsy came back as benign, I am going to go with grading writing assessments.
Sure, cancer is a horrible thing, but for those of you who haven’t read 100 essays about why PE should be required in school, don’t judge. I love to see the growth of my students and their writing throughout the year, but I just don’t want to sit and grade it for fourteen hours over two days.
I do enough grading of writing in my classroom all year. But… I do it for the district, for the kids, for the country, and for God. Okay, not sure God is really focused on writing assessments, but I know he wants me to do the best I can at my job.
Speaking of God, I went to The Story Tellers Tour that came through Omaha. It was Jason Gray and Andrew Peterson in a small little concert. I am not really a concert kind of guy. I love music, but I don’t really care for concerts. This one was different, hence the name Story Tellers. They spent a lot of time talking about the songs and joking around on stage. I think I could hang out with those guys. They were so real… and humble.
So Jason and Andrew, if you read this, firstname.lastname@example.org and we can hang the next time you come through Omaha. I am a not at all famous young adult novelist with a middle school teaching background and an imperfect life.
Well, that’s it for now. I need to grade 125 poetry projects in the near future. Much better than essays.