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Ugh. Good luck with the grading. I'm sympathetic on the puzzle issues. My mother-in-law has the puzzle set up on a well-lit basement table where everyone can go take turns at it. It's a nice escape and no one tells anyone else how to do it (which is how it always seems to end up when we're all around the table together).
Awesome news on the leadership hiring. I agree that I tend to prefer people who know the teaching and research end in academic hirings. We've had great luck with our current president who is not from that end so much but I believe that he is an exception. And he would also NEVER answer those questions as you describe in that fashion. Glad that the crisis is averted and that there is some neat new hope on the horizon.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2015 on New leadership on the horizon at What Now?
Teaching coach or teaching mentor sound like good ways to crystallize what you're doing unofficially. But, also, yes, maybe not to take on ALL the things in week one or whenever. We could try and learn that! ;-)
I'll just bet that you're feeling wiped out. Geez! What a last few weeks. Enjoy the weekend to sleep and recuperate.
Toggle Commented Sep 5, 2015 on Zoinks -- wiped out already at What Now?
Good luck with all of that. You're right that the re-reading can be mostly deferred to the flights. I like to take a notebook (paper or electronic) with me for these re-reads so I can make notes on what I want to emphasize in teaching. Is there anyway you can contract someone to replace the alarms for you and ease some of your burden?
How wonderful!
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2015 on Friday Cat Blogging at The Little Professor
You and I are crafty twins. I did so much cross stitch and other needle arts in grad school. I became notorious for that among my cohort. I also played the folk harp (little four octave affair) and the bowed psaltry. When the girls came along, I really called it quits on all of my craftiness. *sigh* So maybe I need to really pick up my cross stitch again and get back at it? Wishing you luck at your own project (it is beautiful!) and with the upcoming conference.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2015 on Arts and crafts at What Now?
I sometimes thrive with diversity. Other times I want the mono-focus. Right now I'm having to be diverse as I shepherd a grad student to completion of the major research project (just the edits, yay!) while also getting an article out and maybe get the research for my October conference paper out of the way and let's not forget all the household maintenance chores of summertime. . . . I like the metaphor of too many tabs open. I can't quit and restart but maybe I can winnow some down. Wishing peaceful progress to you!
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2015 on "My brain has too many tabs open" at What Now?
That sounds like a great visit and what a healthy attitude to NOT try to make it all about work when they were here. Have fun at your conference!
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2015 on Full-time aunting at What Now?
I'm also a big proponent of books by women. I aim for at least half of the texts that I assign to be authored by women and it's grand to see someone else do the same. I can't wait to hear how the new school year works out for you with these texts to teach!
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2015 on Freshman English at What Now?
It's tough when colleagues say they want student engagement but they also don't want students "rocking the boats" in sometimes inevitable ways. Good news on the upcoming editor and good luck with navigating the end of term!
About six years ago I took over the family money management single-handedly. I still keep Mike informed, obviously, but I do all of the bill-paying and all of the budgeting as to what we can afford. I find it stressful but not as stressful as he does OR, and this is important, as stressful as we would feel working together. The important part is to face your money management issues directly and take charge. Sounds as if you've done just that so hooray to D and to you!
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2015 on whew! what a relief at What Now?
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?