Today was a workday so I didn't have any students. Today was devoted to putting grades in the system and working on benchmarks. However, I had already completed those earlier by always putting grades in the system right away and working on the benchmark at the last workday. Therefore, I was allowed the luxury of spending most of my day planning and developing lesson plans for my upcoming unit Of Mice and Men.
Last year, I started the year off by putting grades in my grading book, but not into the system. I hated having to spend an entire day putting grades in the system for progress reports or report cards. After that one quarter, I vowed never to do that again. I started putting grades in the grading book AND in the system right away. It saved me so much time!
Lesson learned: keep putting in grades right away instead of waiting. It may seem like a hassle, but only takes up a few minutes of your time as opposed to waiting to do it all in one day and spending hours putting grades into the system.