That sounds like something ds would do.
So...I pulled the paper from the quarter's grades and told the students we will revisit it after the AP, instead of a final exam. They were cool with that. Almost all of them failed to: 1) follow the rubric in the packet I gave (format, citation style, etc.); 2) consult sources other than their first search page on Google ; 3) construct a tight and coherent thesis statement, followed by organizing the paper according to arguing the thesis statement; 4) discuss alternative/critical sources or critically evaluate the information they unearthed. Etc. And yes, we spent weeks studying model papers and having me go over this, read rough drafts (all these comments were made on their rough drafts) etc.
As for the AP -- I am going to start giving them small packets of multiple choice questions each period and going over them (and why the correct answer is correct) in addition to still working on the writing component. They really can't do the strategy of the MC questions, especially because the AP likes to do the "XX affected the 1920 election in all of the following ways except one..." kind of thing -- i.e. they have to not only know the material but be able to process and evaluate it, rather than just memorize names and dates.
I was tapped to be the faculty coordinator for the accreditation process our school is starting, which is a formidable and really lengthy administrative task (and extra $$). It was also 'suggested' to me that I might want to take some online courses toward a degree in administration, to be reimbursed. I responded that I was flattered but I need a real reason to do it (i.e. are you offering me a job in a couple years pending this degree?) because the time and $$ investment would not be worth it for me without that kind of reality on the horizon.
Anyway, in other news...well no news really. Getting ready for Passover, which begins a week from tomorrow night. Cleaning and shopping has commenced. Pretty soon we'll be all ready for the alien invasion (one of the things we do is cover counter and stove surfaces with aluminum foil...barrier between all-year-round and Passover which requires total separation from anything that comes from wheat/bread).
RR: 16 cold and windy miles this morning. In the 16-18-20 mile long run buildup and I haven't even signed up for the race yet. Can't seem to pull the trigger. Hmm.