That's what it feels like.
So far, one of my favorite new teaching strategies is that the students must place their homework in the appropriate bin as they enter the classroom. I've tried variations on this before - sturdy folder with each class marked - but have never done something so solid. I would always misplace the folders or take them home and forget them, and that was that. In this new system, I've got a 12-slot (4 across, 3 down) wooden organizer (purchased from Target for $19.99), with each slot designated for a class. It's worked great so far.
As soon as the students put the papers in there, or shortly thereafter, I transfer them into my filing carry case. There are about 20 available slots, so theoretically I could keep it well organized, but so far, I haven't been successful. But, no matter. I take this carry-case with me wherever I go, along with my laptop, and can do my grading wherever.
That doesn't mean I'm staying on top of it, though. In fact, the carry case just gets heavier every day, and carrying it around is a tactile reminder of my workload. I know it's going to happen, that the work is going to pile up and I can't get to it like I'd like to with a student load of over 150. But, sometimes, assignments that are almost a month old get lost in the files, and I'm not giving my students quick enough feedback. So, I've got to figure out a slightly better system for my file folder. Still, I'm happy with the advent of the homework station. Baby steps, I guess.
In other news, I'm just flat out beat. Not much of a weekend last weekend, and in this coming weekend, I'm trucking down with 60 or so ninth graders to Virginia and Pennsylvania to help register voters. The Obama campaign set the whole thing up and just needs chaperones, and I'm not the contact person or anything - thank goodness - but I will be staying with students from 5am Saturday morning until 10pm Sunday night. And the week will be a beast - a field trip on Friday (hoisted on me last Friday... it's a good thing, a trip to meet Cedric Jennings, and free, but still a bunch of work) and progress reports due on Thursday. It will be a busy week, capped by no weekend. Good thing I love my job!
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