Friday, December 11, 2009

It's finally over...

... and I vow NEVER to teach five days a week again. Whew!

Today was the last day of classes and I am so ecstatic that I don't have to get up at 6:30 any more. This morning when my alarm went off, I thought "at least it's the last time!" I'm teaching my earliest class at 10:10 am next semester (and not teaching at all on Tuesdays and Thursdays), so I'm relieved to have this rough schedule done. I still have a week of exams and a mountain of grading to do, but I as I sit here in my fleece robe, smelling like a LUSH blackberry bath bomb, I'm breathing a huge sigh of relief. I'm also remembering that I had made of list of academic new year's resolutions and wondering how I did. Here they are:

1. I will not let the students in my big first-year course get me down. If they are obnoxious, I will ask them to leave and not get all worked up about it.
I think I did pretty well with this one. I did have a couple of emails that rubbed me the wrong way, but I can't think of any students who were just the bane of my existence this semester. I never asked anyone to leave class, but nobody was being disruptive either.

2. I will do my darnedest to get students to participate in discussion in my upper level courses. And I will try to bite my tongue, so that I don't take over the whole discussion!
I'm sure I could have done better with this one. I was probably better than I have been in the past, but I know that I probably monopolized a couple of discussions over the semester. I think discussion were better than in the past, but I think it's because I am more willing to sit and wait for students to speak up. I also had some great students this semester, and they contributed in class.

3. I will keep exercising at least four days a week (ideally five) when classes start. I may have to revert back to my EARLY schedule of yesteryear, but I am going to do it, dammit!
I was doing really well with this until I caught a cold right before Thanksgiving. I was severely congested and coughing for weeks (I'm finally just about over it now!) I have gotten out of the habit, but now that my schedule is more flexible, I am going to get back into it.

4. I will try to have a positive attitude about life in general. This has usually been easy for me, but has seemed harder over the last year or so. I need to shed some cynicism.
Wow- I didn't do well with this one at all. I have still been plagued with periods of depression and feelings of hopelessness about the future. This is a hard one- sometimes it's hard to pull myself out of feelings- even if I know they are irrational. We'll see how I am next semester.

So, I had planned to get some grading done tonight, but that has not happened. I wrapped presents with D instead, which was fun. I'll be in grading jail this weekend for sure...


MommyProf said...

Congratulations on ending your semester! Happy holidays.

Seeking Solace said...

Yay for the end of the semester!!! And a Lush blackberry bomb is a great treat!!!!

Therapeutic Ramblings said...

I don't know how teachers do it....5 days a week is nuts. I can do 2-3 days a week, and keep 1-2 day for research.