Every last report card. (Well, at least the first draft.)
Another 40 hours I'll never get back -- and let me tell you what a pleasure it was writing the final 8 of those hours from home on the one day our building decides to test the fire alarm on every floor and smoke detector in every unit in the entire building!!!
It got to be so that I'd be racing the contractors to see how many math comments I could squeeze in between rings of the fire alarm; my max was two and a half.
I was beginning to panic.
So to my closet I went, dove into the back corner, and started ransacking.
For the record, here are some of the things I'd do with those 40 hours if I had them back:
- read another chapter in the informative but dense Marian Small Math book for teachers I've been working my way through
- develop a more user-friendly assessment/reporting template for my classroom, that I would serve as both an assessment recording tool and an end-of-unit report to families in terms of how their child is doing in math
- teach myself Learn 360, Edmodo or some other online platform that enables more effective communication with students/families using technology
- make phone calls to several parents to touch base about how their child is doing in my class
- meet with families and students to report progress and next steps in person!!!
But I can't get 'em back. The powers that be -- determined to engage teachers across the province in meaningless busywork -- stole them from me, and they're gone forever. So all those things will have to wait.