So school is officially over. I spent 11 hours grading final exams and last minute assignments and entering grades and thought for a minute or two that I was going to go crazy. As I sank deeper and deeper into the ever collapsing couch, I wasn't too sure I was going to make it. I have been waking up since Friday with nightmares about this year's students and the future of our country! It has been a rough year.
About 2pm I had to break out the coffee and cookies. They perked me up and I finished grading around 5:30pm. The future started to look a little brighter. I sent out the final email of the year letting students and parents know that everything was finished. Almost immediately I got a reply from a parent thanking me for being an 'Awesome teacher'. Wow, did that make my day. Eventhough her daughter didn't get an A in my class, she said her daughter always knew where she stood grade wise and she appreciated that I kept her informed with my weekly emails and daily text reminders about homework. Sometimes I wondered if anyone actually read those.
This morning I heard from a couple more parents on the other side of the coin. One said her son said the final was so easy he had no idea how he failed. I wrote her back explaining every point he missed and told her I hoped it helped with her conversation with him. Another said she noticed her son had 7 missing assignments and was that a mistake. He missed my class about 20 times for baseball. Having a 7th period class and playing a sport is really hard and it takes extra dedication to complete both well, but some of those assignments had been missing for 2 months.
Now, to start MY vacation. There is so much that needs to be thrown out or donated around here and I'm not exactly sure where to start. I guess anyplace is a good start and a little bit every day is better than nothing at all. I hope to fill the garbage cans every week and take a load to the thrift store once a week too. Wish me luck!