PRAY FOR MY SOUL, POR FAVOR.

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    I'm halfway through with this long term sub gig πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ
    Six weeks with these 8th graders may be the death of me. They have their moments. But it's confirmed what I've already known for a very long time---I have ZERO desire to be a real life actual full time teacher.
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    But the quarter ended yesterday.
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    Which means I've got to grade so much shit.
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    Which wouldn't be a big deal...
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    But they had a Hero's Journey Narrative that was a HUGE (100 points) part of their grade
    I didn't get informed that this was something that they needed to do until about 2 weeks ago πŸ™„ so it was way more rushed than I would have liked (which sucks because I LOVE the hero's journey!) They had to create a hero of any sort and show them going through the steps of the journey. Road of Trials, etc (Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth if you've never read it). They apparently also were supposed to do visuals and present it. Looks like that'll go on next quarter's grade (Shruggie emoji)
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    And, I LOOOOOVE editing.
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    BUT...
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    I'm used to editing college level papers and thesis.
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    And these are lower level 8th graders.
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    And just looking at their rough drafts made me want to hyperventilate.
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    Spelling! Grammar! Punctuation! Capitalization! Format! SO MANY ISSUES!!
    And apparently it's not just my class. I was commiserating with another teacher and hers were awful too. We both questioned their 5-7th grade teachers. How did these kids make it to 8th grade without knowing basic sentence structure?!
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    So, I genuinely have no idea how to not be super harsh whilst grading.
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    I mean, they need to learn and improve. They're going to high school soon, dammit!
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    But I also want to encourage them and keep it positive. This is literally a HUGE chunk of their quarter grade.
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    So...
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    Like I said...
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    Pray for my soul.
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    It's gonna be a rough couple days
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    (Though just skimming through, I guarantee I'll have to list about some of these πŸ˜‚ the things they've come up with)