Today I flew home from Colorado with an aching brain and blood-shot eyes. Last night we finished reading the last of the essays at 5:00 p.m. and to be honest with you I almost shed some tears of relief. My final total was somewhere around 750 essays. The guy sitting next to me managed to read 1050 (he has done this for the last 5 years). I figure for my first time it wasn't too bad.
In other related news:
Sunday night there was a little meeting where people who had submitted lessons for a "lesson jamboree disk" presented their lessons. I submitted a lesson but had no idea that I was supposed to share what I had submitted. The lesson I wrote about was my shower curtain review. The students essentially demonstrate their understanding of world history on a shower curtain. I did bring a sample to Colorado with me and I gave a very brief presentation about what the assignment included. After the presentation was over a guy named Bill Strickland called me over to tell me that he thought it was "genius." Bill is the unofficial AP World History guru and I was flattered that he liked my idea.
All day Monday as I wandered around people were calling me the shower curtain lady. I guess there are worst things to be called. I am not sure if I will ever get the opportunity to read again, but now that it is all said and done I am glad that I did it. I definitely have more knowledge to share with my students.