1. Massive cooking night in the kitchen. Waffles for the freezer, fruit/veg puree for Emmett’s yogurt, moutabal, chicken, caramelized leeks. It was crazy. How nice to not be so worked out, to be able to cook at night.
2. Writing questions directly tied to the Common Core State Standards is a mild pain in the ass. Some of those standards are meaningless. Take L.9-10.3: Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening. What does that mean? And the sub-letter is meaningful, but dumb: L.9-10.3a: Write and edit work so that it conforms to the guidelines in a style manual (e.g. MLA Handbook or Turabian’s Manual for Writers—-sidenote, people still use Turabian? How awesome and hardcore, especially in 10th grade) appropriate for the disciplien and writing type. That makes sense, but relates in no way to using knowledge of language to comprehend when reading or listening. Turabian will not help you read.
Some of the other standards are so broad as to apply to basically every single goddamn question I write: RI.9-10.1: Cite strong and and thorough evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. That is everything.
And still others are two separate standards when they are almost indistinguishable 90% of the time. RI.9-10.6: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose. How is that significantly different from: RI.9-10. Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between then. I mean, I see a hair-splitting difference between determining an author’s point of view and the rhetoric they use in, say, a persuasive essay and looking at how a general expository text is organized. But, seriously, nine times out of ten I have a really hard time drawing a distinction there.
Bottom line: Common Core State Standards are bad-ass and will totally fuck up kids who are going to get them in high school as they are actually rigorous and build on prior knowledge—so, you know, rolling them out to high schoolers is really not fair, because they probably don’t have all the background knowledge the standards presume. But, once again, rigorous. And text-based. And I like that. But they are still standards. So no matter what you do, you are going to end up using 4-5 standards all the goddamn time and looking at the other eighty and hoping you hit them once or twice because they are so specific as to be almost useless.
3. I had a really nice time playing with my kid tonight. We read People. I tickled him, a lot. It was nice.