Sitting at my kitchen island, looking at formative assessments and classwork for measurement during math workshop I get to the bottom of my "finished" box of papers and discovered two pre-assessments I did a couple of weeks ago on measurement. I sit here and stare at them once again. I'm not happy with the pre-assessment. I took it from our district math resource. I went a different path with another resource and began the unit on understanding why we use measurement tools and how to pick the right one to use. I also started with centimeters and not the standard form of measurement.
All these thoughts ramble through my mind and then I remember one of my wise mentors from my first year of teaching and Frank said something like this, "we all get behind. If you haven't looked at the papers in a reasonable amount of time, then throw them away. No one will ever know or remember, if it's been that long."
Until you announce it while writing a Slice of Life post - I recycled those papers because plans change, needs change, and each day I try my best for that day.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for fostering and organizing this writing challenge.