I remember pulling all-nighters in college. The reasons for them seemed academic and legitimate enough: writing a paper due the next morning. Reading a book I was getting tested on the next morning. Starting and completing a project due the next morning.
Well, those days are over. I’m not a student anymore. I’m a teacher. And it’s almost 6 o’clock in the morning right now. Have no doubt! This is not because I got up early this morning. It’s because I haven’t gone to bed yet. I’VE BEEN UP WRITING STUDENT REPORTS ALL NIGHT.
The school I work for has an electronic system that requires teachers to write these reports that get sent to the parents every two weeks or so. These reports need to be detailed and specific, tailored to each student. Well, if you’ve ever had a classroom of more than 5 kids, you know that can become a joke really quick – especially when you’re already calling student by the wrong name.
There are two kinds of reports I have been writing the last 3 plus years of my life now: eSPR’s & eSGR’s. The lowercase Es at the beginning of each acronym stand for electronic. (Really couldn’t tell you what the other letters stand for, especially at this late of an hour.) Basically, the eSPR is about the students behavior and performance in class, both academic and personal. The eSGR is about the the institution’s standard tests that get administered throughout the semester.
I just finished writing eSGRs for two classes. And now it’s time to go to bed.
I know I could sound like I’m complaining, but I am not a full-time teacher. I do not possess the time OR the energy to be fully committing my mind and heart to write these detailed reports in a timely manner. I’ve found myself playing games with AND MANIPULATING the English language just to write them. It’s that bad.
Well, I’m done writing them now. And I’ll save the details for another blog, because there is definitely more eSPR and eSGR writing in my future, especially if I’m still working at this school.