If you're reading this post anytime around 7:30 AM when I had it scheduled to be posted, then you're reading it long after I left for my ELA Regents exam grading assignment.
You see, the NYCDOE sent the teachers in my department to a school almost as far away from our school on the island of Manhattan as you can get without being:
a) in the Bronx
b) in the East River or
c) on the FDR Drive in a little cubicle on a walkway over the road.
It's nice and cold too, so not only do I get to enjoy a commute that is three times my normal commute time, but I also get to enjoy a nice brisk half mile walk from the train station to the grading site.
In any case, I had to leave extra, extra early to get to the grading site and enjoy a half day of grading instructions and "norming" (how's that for an Orwellian term?) before we'll be sent back to our own school for, well, I don't know for what.
Then it's back to three days of the triple-time commute and the half mile walk to the site - all to grade an exam that many students, in both my estimation and the estimation of many ELA teachers I have talked to, are going to fail because the NYSED set it up that way (not unlike last year's Common Core tests.)
See you in a few hours.