DI hat making, grading, & snow

On Friday night, I headed to Sam’s house, along with some other Destination Imagination alumni, for a hat making party.  In NH, and in a lot of other states, appraisers create wacky hats to wear to the tournaments. I am a head appraiser (regional challenge master) for ViDIo Lit Hits. The challenge requires teams to dramatically retell a piece of literature in the form of a live music video.

My hat isn’t finished yet, but here are some photos to give you an idea:

I made the hat out of wire, and it clips into my hair. The books are made out of construction paper and scrap paper. I hung the books from the wire with fishing line. The bookworm is made out of egg cartons, which I cut up and hot glued together.

I made the hat out of wire, and it clips into my hair. The books are made out of construction paper and scrap paper. I hung the books from the wire with fishing line; they swing whenever I move my head. The bookworm is made out of egg cartons, which I cut up and hot glued together.

Here's a close up of the bookworm.

Here is a close-up of the bookworm.

Here's a closeup of some of the books.

Here is a close-up of some of the books.

I was glad that I got to have some fun on Friday because Saturday was one long, long day of grading. I graded until almost 7pm… and I only finished one class’s essays. I had aimed to spend 10 minutes per essay, but they ended up taking 20-25 minutes each. I really need to work on giving less feedback, or finding more sustainable ways to give the same amount of feedback. In my frustration, I took a photo of everything I have to grade, except for the projects which are in the trunk of the car:

In the photo, it’s difficult to tell the depth of those piles, but I assure you that they are almost bottomless. I am overwhelmed!!

Today was a snow day. After having multiple days in the 50s last week, we were dumped with almost a foot of snow last night and today. I am so completely ready for spring. It’s almost 5pm and I have done very little grading today. (Instead I cleaned the kitchen, cooked us a nice lunch, sent e-mails, bought David and myself plane tickets to LA for April break!… it’s amazing how much I get done when there is grading to do.) Since I’ve been given this extra day, I think I should read these Night journals…

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