Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Shifting to a higher gear


Back in August sometime, I made a promise to myself that for the 2013-14 school year, I would spend as little time as possible outside of 8-5 working on school-related stuff. 1 Why? Because after pushing full throttle for the first seven-and-a-half, I knew the frantic pace of ’07 – ’13 was perhaps unsustainable.

(this is year 8, sideways or otherwise)
(this is year 8, sideways or otherwise)

Well, you know what they say about plans.

After being able to go on relative cruise control from August to January, things have ramped up significantly — in terms of required prep, revising curriculum, grading exams, tweaking assessments,2 staying extra-late for tutorials… the list goes on.3

But past experience tells me that this is appropriate for the season.

Past experience also tells me that it doesn’t ramp down much until May 9.4

On the bright side, we did manage to save the globes.


Twice in the next week or so, the guy at HEB is going to help me check out with a dozen or so packs of chocolate chip cookies.5 And he’s just going to chuckle, because he’ll just know:

It’s that time of the year.6

  1. Yes, of course, if you’re a teacher, you know: This is damn near impossible. But you’ve gotta set the bar somewhere. []
  2. and tweaking REassessments []
  3. Add “eat” and “use restroom” to that list, and that was my life today from 7am to 8pm []
  4. AP Exam Day []
  5. of various brands, of course. []
  6. Inferences with Means, of course []