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You're wise to realize that you're overloading yourself and to no great purpose. Sounds as if you need to recalibrate your expectations more of yourself than of your students. What's reasonable in terms of grading? What are the clever ideas you can implement in measured ways but not in every course? If it helps, these are problems I face, too. I was going to assign a few projects and a big lit review in one junior-level class when I said to myself "Self, that and the in-class presentation plus the exam is too damned much, especially at the end. Students and you will appreciate four projects and NO lit review!"
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2015 on Things must change at What Now?
Sorry that you're feeling Crankypants. I know how that goes at this time of year and we've had our snow a bit more "spaced out". Wishing you well in health and everything else!
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2015 on Turning my back on Mr. Crankypants at What Now?
Sorry. You're right, rejection really, truly sucks! I'm gearing myself up to hear that my application for promotion has been rejected (dean didn't support, didn't have unanimous department support) but I'm reminding myself that, whether or not I get the promotion, I still have a great job working with a bunch of people that I really like. And my health and my family and all that!
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2015 on Rejection sucks at What Now?
It sounds as if applying for this job has given you some new insight into your work and your aspirations. Good luck!
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2015 on More thinking about all of this at What Now?
That sounds like a peaceful holiday break. Good luck with keeping on track and finding an appropriate time to broach the subject of your religious beliefs with your family.
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2014 on Chinese food and a movie! at What Now?
It's hard work but important work, for students, faculty and the school, to stay engaged on so many fronts. Good for you for bringing this forward but I hope that you give yourself some serious kudos for the stress and strain!
Privacy legislation would have our behinds if we had a system where one faculty member could see another's grades. At this point, we can't even see the rest of a student's grades unless she/he prints out a copy and brings it to the office. I do enjoy using the CMS to share grades and feedback. I concur with nicoleandmaggie that the feature where you can choose when to share that information is even better!
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on The tyranny of the online gradebook? at What Now?
That's heartbreaking. I am sorry and, you're right, this is something that really resonates with a teacher of teens or young adults.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2014 on Good Lord at What Now?
San Jose? Ohhhh, I bet it is warm this time of year. We're on our second snow of the season already and I am so over it. Bah! Sounds as if you had a good moment to reflect and to reorient yourself back to Adventure City (despite the winter weariness) and FGS.
Anonymous threatening people are anathema to feminism says this feminist and any other feminist (i.r. rational human being) with a lick of sense. You go, SEK!
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2014 on #GamerGate in a nutshell at Acephalous
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I'm glad that your car battery has been wrangled and that you have a glorious new front door to brighten your homecomings each day. Here's hoping you feel better rested by the holiday weekend and up to tackling the work ahead.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2014 on This and that, holiday weekend edition at What Now?
I'm giving ten quizzes in Western Civ this year. Enrolment is pretty close to capacity (60) and that's a lot. I am so grateful to my graduate teaching assistants for the marking assistance there. My feet are feeling the start of term. Most days I'm walking 4 kilometers and that's not counting however much I walk in class (my phone is my pedometer and I leave it on the lecturn during class). Tired dogs, indeed! Here's hoping your feet enjoy a rest tonight.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2014 on Ooh, my dogs are barkin'! at What Now?
Sounds like a good start to the year is in the offing. Glad that you avoided that crazy monkey parade and good luck with the Labour Day duties!
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2014 on So far, so good at What Now?
I can't wait to read all about it!
I like that phrase and that mindset. Mind if I borrow it? It will come in useful as I manage my one crazy monkey parade this year whilst attempting to avoid all of the rest of them marching by.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2014 on Not my crazy monkey parade at What Now?
I'm thinking good thoughts for your body to take it easy on you. Having a buddy at work who can support you, and vice-versa, on getting in shape and moving towards a more healthy life is so useful!.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2014 on Back in the saddle again at What Now?
I love this satire in oh so many ways. Point #6 is especially inspired. Kudos!
I'm sorry that I missed the whole trainwreck that was HoS weighing in on the breakdown of the book project. Consider this my hearty support of a reality-based understanding as espoused by Librarian and yourself that ECA was the problem, compounded by HoS's interest in not rocking boats more than doing the right thing. I'm glad that you're staying and I'm glad that you provided Dr. Chair with relief and confirmation of what you both experienced. Sometimes colleagues can be crazy-making! Yay for AP Lit next year and yay for the prospect of a sabbatical further down the road.
He appears to have been a wonderful cat and I know that he will be missed!
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2014 on Disraeli, 1999-2014 at The Little Professor
I'm glad that you got it done (and with such great help). Clearly, it needed doing in order to settle yourself and now it opens new prospects, quite literally!
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2014 on I no sooner make a plan than I break it at What Now?
Poor you! That is so annoying. I hope they can at least come up with a way that you can swim and exercise a little bit, soon.
Yay for break and happy collegial socializing!
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2014 on Springing forward at What Now?
You poor thing! Our CMS has an adequate grade system that I use to "push" marks to students, even when they submitted on paper. I'm working to use that for an always accessible version of the grades. But you will have to pry my Excel spreadsheet out of my cold dead hands if you ever want to get that old-fashioned gradebook out of my hands. I have it set up with formulas and everything so that it will do calculations nicely and spew out the class averages on various assignments and so forth. I encrypt the file and have it back up on my personal FTP server daily. I used to keep it on Dropbox but I got worried about their security. The administration is very concerned recently about security, we're rolling out all sorts of new password requirements, and I'm sure that they would have a kitten if they knew I was backing it up into the "cloud", even with such precautions. But, like you, I also fret about how vulnerable my tech can be to disaster.
Hear, hear. I lurk on the fringes of acafan scholarship and read voraciously anything that deals with remix culture and creations. It's one thing to knowingly (and usually with a knowing nod) borrow elements from another's work to fuel your creative fire. It's another thing to claim that these exact passages were invented, whole cloth by you. In that case, there's a pretty bright line divide between appropriation and plagiarism. I've yet to hear a single student who's plagiarized in one of my classes even articulate what they've done as appropriation and, therefore, acceptable. Thank goodness!
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2013 on Appropiatiarism? at The Little Professor
That's a lot accomplished! Do you have an idea why the academic dean is resistant - is it particular element or the entire concept around the new curriculum. And my own Crime and Punishment course proposal passed our departmental and Social Sciences Council. Now it is only the Council for English Language Programs!
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2013 on (Couch) time heals all wounds at What Now?