I love Sunday morning grading. I have had enough sleep, no one wants anything from me, and I can wear my slippers to read my students' writing. Let's not forget coffee.
But this morning, when I looked at my tools laid across the cocktail table, I realized what I love the most is my own student status when I read student writing. I have my highlighter, and two sizes of post it notes today, just like when they study. I spend this whole morning learning--about being a teacher, about their hopes and fears, about the topics they care about, and about myself. Best job in the world.