Closing the folder, once thick with papers to be graded, I sigh and push it toward the corner of my desk. After falling days and then weeks behind in my grading, I am finally caught up. All the spelling tests, letter-essays, grammar tests, and vocabulary homework have been returned. I am finally free. As I start daydreaming I think of all the things I can do with my copious free time, time I had just dedicated to grading.
As a small smile spread across my face, I glanced at the homework board to the right of my desk. Language Arts- Persuasive essays due Friday. The smile stopped and retreated. My freedom was short-lived. In a few short hours my desk would be piled high with essays and rubrics, essay reflections, and the progress reports and conference forms that were due in a few days.
These are the things they forget to tell you in education courses!