Like many teachers across these United States, I am finishing a holiday week, which means I was off from school– technically.
It is true that I did not need to report to school this week. However, a notable part of Teacher Life is that school clings to the teacher whether said teacher is on school grounds or no.
On November 5th, I collected from my senior English students 107 formal essays on one of three fiction works of their choice (Silas Marner, Pygmalion, or Till We Have Faces).
I began grading them that very day, just a few as my school day allowed.
The entire lot followed me home. On Election Day (November 6th), a holiday from school, I graded roughly another 18 or so as I marathon-watched election results roll in.
The next day, Wednesday, I graded a few papers during the day– about six…
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