After sleeping in a little, I worked at school all day yesterday. It was a designated Teacher Work Day. I’m glad. I made some good progress. Coming in halfway through the year is challenging. It’s not just about teaching what you teach, it’s about learning how your predecessor did it, then making a transition, then teaching what you teach.
Yesterday’s big job was learning the grading software. My grading system wasn’t going to work with the grades that had already been entered, so I had to figure out what to do. I decided to convert the current cumulative average into an “assignment”. Then I could weight it appropriately and zero-out all the assignments so far this quarter. It took some number crunching, but I had it sorted by early afternoon.
By the time I got the grade program converted, my brain was fried. I have some current assignments to grade, but I knew I would make no progress with them. Instead, I pulled some stuff off the walls to make room for some student work I will be hanging. It was nice to nest a little more. But I couldn’t put the new artwork up because I needed some colored paper for the title pages of the wall display. Off I went to Office Max.
Today I’ll be at school again. A day will come when I will do something nature-oriented again, but it is not this day. (Sorry there aren’t any pictures of chickens today.)