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on coming up for air

My very first end-of-term as someone with a 4/4 teaching load.

I really thought I would have more time to myself.

Are you laughing hysterically yet?

I’m about 25% of the way through the grading pile (it looooooooms) and prepping for exams on Wednesday and Thursday.  And then sweet freedom!  Well, no, and then prepping for winter semester madly before flying east for holiday madness.  But surely I’ll get a nap in there, right?  Right?!

I have a lot of topics to blog about over the holidays — catching plagiarism, dealing with aggressive students, finding time for research projects.  What can I say, it has been an eventful semester.

Things I’ve found out about me:

  • I can operate on remarkably little sleep with just enough sugar.
  • Nothing is more relaxing than the mindless clicking of a Zynga game.
  • Campus is creepy quiet on a Sunday.
  • Days off are essential and must be planned for.
  • Sometimes I just need to sit and stare at a wall.

And I still haven’t given in to caffeine!  If grad school and dissertating didn’t break me, I’ll be damned if work will.  Coffee-free since ’83!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to slide back under my pile of essays.  But do stick around over the holidays for some serious discussions (and some fun ones, too).

Thanks for sticking around, dear readers!


5 Responses to “on coming up for air”

  1. Good to see you’re taking it all in such good stride. I’m currently coasting through the calm before the storm when final papers come in 4 days before grades are due :-)

    I look forward to you winter break posts! Hopefully they’ll inspire me to write a few of my own :-)

    Posted by Ben V | December 12, 2010, 9:17 pm
  2. Yes, sorry, but I did laugh hysterically at “time to myself.” (That’s after 12 years in my current position.) But I just stumbled over your blog based on a facebook recommendation from a friend, and I’ll be back to read more.

    Good luck and carry on. Now back to my own pile of papers.

    Posted by Heide | December 13, 2010, 5:10 am
  3. your posts prove to be an effective distraction from my own stack of Comp 101 essays. good stuff!

    Posted by Sj | December 16, 2010, 5:13 am
  4. Teaching vs. Personal Time.
    Don’t. Get. Me. Started.

    It’s really about compartmentalization. I have tips. The most important one for the end of the semester is this: you can skim their final essays. They don’t want comments, they just want the grades. You already know what you’re looking for in their final drafts and you likely know who’s going to get what grade after working with them for several months.

    Trust me.

    Posted by Didactic Pirate | December 18, 2010, 3:58 pm
  5. I made so many rookie mistakes in my first “full” year. I
    had 2 3hr classes and 6 1 hr. Yes, 8 classes but only 12 hrs.
    However, I had over 300 students which brought in thousands of
    assignments. I thought I was going to die. And both the midterm and
    final were comprised of multi-tiered essays. Needless to say, I
    learned a lot. :) Love your blog!

    Posted by The Wallflower | December 26, 2010, 6:31 am

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