Saturday, November 18, 2006

How I'll Spend My Thanksgiving Break

1. Grading quizzes and tests. Even though my students won't be doing any math over the break, I'll be grading their papers so that they can know the results of their work as soon as school starts up again. Then I have to record those grades.

2. Planning lessons. I have a student who will be on a family trip the week after vacation. As a result, I must do all the planning in detail this weekend so I can email him his specific assignments before he leaves.

3. College letters of recommendation for former students applying to college.

4. New seating charts. I change student seating every 6 weeks, and the students look mostly look forward to it. It's that time again.

No, I won't be doing any work during my break. You know, we teachers get all that time off....

13 comments:

Eric Warburg said...

So that's why teachers give us homework over the break. Misery loves company, eh?

Darren said...

Eric, at least acknowledge that I didn't give you any assignment over the break.

Nigel said...

Actually I have minimal homework. Which is strange someone in honors and AP classes—but hey, I'm not complaining. I don't even have an essay to write for honors english III...

and thank you Mr. Miller, for not giving as an assignment over break.

Darren said...

That's all I wanted--a little acknowledgement :-)

EllenK said...

I will trade you. I have to write my AP syllabus for acceptance at the College Boards. Fun fun fun.....plus I think I have the flu. This should get really interesting at some point.

allen said...

Isn't there an unacknowledged expectation of uncompensated, job-related activity and a matching acceptance of that expectation?

I just wonder if this is evidence of market forces that won't be denied. Working for a tax-supported monopoly and being (probably) a member of a union doesn't change the intrinsic value of the job you do. It just changes the compensation you get. Perhaps part of the difference is made up by that uncompensated but implicitly required work as well as the lack of success of unions to get compensation for that time/hesitancy to make that uncompensated time a make/break bargaining factor?

Darren said...

I am *not* a union member. As California is a "fair share" state, however, I *am* required to pay money to the teachers union.

I've never believed in "unacknowledged expectation of uncompensated, job-related activity". It may exist, but it's wrong. People should be paid for the work they do--and if it can't reasonably be completed during the required work day, that should be the responsibility of the employer, not the employee. That goes for public sector *and* private sector organizations.

That's not a "union mentality", that's a "fairness mentality".

Nic said...

Hmmm. I don't see the part where you get to do all the cooking, too!

Darren said...

That's one thing I will *not* be doing!

George said...

You're a better man than I. I am doing some planning but most of my time will be spent supporting family; cleaning the whole house before the relatives show, entertaining the relatives, cooking, serving, and cleaning on the day, Friday night, Saturday Night, and Sunday afternoon at the theater (in support of my daughter) and then back to work.

Darren said...

Actually, George, it's you who is the better man in this case. I have very little in the way of family obligations this week.

Anonymous said...

Well I'm grading tests and updating my grade book so progress reports can go out Monday. My best friend and I finally left the building last night at 5:30 after we had planned for next week, ran our copies, and all that fun stuff. If I'm lucky I may have time to paint the bathroom.

George said...

Thank you. I had not thought of it that way. You've given me courage for the week.