Today I am grading and writing comments for the third quarter. The grading is not so bad; it is objective for math, though, in my mind I do have heated conversations with my students as I mark their papers. But the comments – this is the hardest writing that I do. Each word has such weight: to encourage but not gloss over, to attempt to celebrate successes and yet to point a path to climb out of weaknesses or areas of confusion, with just the right amount of encouragement, to remind each student of responsibility and ownership, and then not to repeat myself. In the end I hit the print button, ignoring the anxieties knocking about in the back of my brain.