Baby steps

Returning to the blog to write, as Hemingway recommended, “one true sentence”:

This fall, I am not writing any college recommendations, and I am so glad.

It’s not that I suddenly feel I have loads of free time, of course. But I do remember that at about this time last year, I was spending at least one day every weekend writing college recs–and a significant number of prep periods, lunches and after-school hours. And this year I’m not.

It’s because I didn’t teach juniors last year.  I’m not teaching juniors this year, either; for the second year in a row, I have 10th and 12th grade.  So next year’s seniors will be students I had as sophomores, and a few of them might ask me to write for them if I also have them as seniors–but it won’t be an onerous number.

Juniors are very rewarding to teach, and I like the AP Lang class–in many ways I think it’s the class I’ve taught best at SA–but it’s also very nice not to be spending October weekends writing letters.  (The last two years, the additional hours of sitting really did seem to contribute to flare-ups of the hip problem, as well.)

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Pym Fan on October 18, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Welcome back to the blogosphere! And yay, no college recommendations!


  2. I was in the same position and didn’t have any letters of rec last fall — lovely! I thought I’d repeat that this year, but then I wound up writing three letters for Journalism — one for a weak student who is so limited that Journalism counted as a major class, and then two other “extra” letters for kids who’ve been so involved in the newspaper that I wanted to say something about it to colleges. But three letters is no big deal; it’s the stack of 12 or 14 or 16 or more letters that wears on a body. And that’s the position I’ll be in next year, because I’ve got two sections of AP juniors this year!

    Welcome back to the blogosphere for both of us!


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