Grading is the worst part about teaching. I know my students need feed back, and I realize that grade points count toward GPA's and honors points and placement tests and all that jazz. But I sure wish I could just teach for teachings sake. I wish I didnt have to assess what a student knows based on points or letters. If I could teach just to teach, to help a child grow..to bring him to a new understanding..to watch the light buls go on inside his head.....that to me would be true teaching. And I do some of that I suppose. Right now I'm teaching well. We are sailing through Gatsby at the senior level, and my sophomores are a joy. AP is exploring poetry. However, my grade book is a little empty. I know I'm teaching. know they are learning and growing. I just hate that I have to use numbers to prove it.
I love my job. Teaching is an art and I enjoy learning and growing along with my students. I can't think of any thing else I'd rather do.