first day of school factoids

20 01 2009
  • classes this semester: only 2–i’m afraid i’ll spend it lonely (at least until the pile accrues such that i have too much to do to notice–so, maybe a day or two)
  • tutoring hours this semester: still up in the air. i’m offering 6-8, because i feel like the guy who runs the tutoring center and gave up an office for me is getting totally shafted by my dean hiring me for something like 7 and my supervisor telling me that after last semester it would be fair if i gave them 2.
  • drive this semester: still an hour each way, but knock-on-wood only 2 days most weeks
  • snow today: yes, both on the ground and falling just a little–it looks packed and flattened enough to not need a round of shoveling before i head out, but i should really put on coat and boots and investigate from closer than the window.
  • students today: according to the rosters i printed last night, i have 37 new faces to meet and 2 gentlemen who threw the game last term back for round 2. "gentlemen" is definitely the operative word this time around. i have 2 i’m sure are girls and 2 whose names are less familiar/gender-predictable.
  • plans today: going over the syllabus for many, many minutes longer than i usually do, because i learned last term that today’s kids don’t know they’re supposed to read those things (even when you make them sign them and collect the signatures), boring them to tears by introducing lots and lots of project requirements, technical computing/word processing/email procedures & policies, making them write (about writing nonetheless–i’m so predictable), probably doing some brainstorming/webbing about what makes the stuff "good," and if we have time, a scavenger hunt in their handbook, if they have one yet, or maybe a pop grammar pre-test if they don’t.
  • classrooms today: 1 old one and 1 new one (on a different floor!)–i asked for the room change because the one i was supposed to be in has a projector that can’t seem to be calibrated not to blur images, but never heard back about that one way or the other. there was an unfamiliar number on my roster, though, so i’ll be sniffing that out when i arrive
  • meetings today: don’t know, so possibly zero–i’ve asked, but no one has answered. in theory, up to 2, professional development at 9 and teaching ground at 12. i suspect everyone today has tacitly agreed to ignore conversations about meetings in lieu of preparing to bunker down with their computers and watch inauguration coverage & put off meeting for another week, or maybe just ’til thursday.
  • lunch today: not packed yet; will probably involve a cheese and lettuce sandwich, carrot sticks, and a raisin-and-almond snack.
  • clothes today: i’ve been avoiding thinking about that, but i suppose i’ll have to get dressed sometime soon. last semester i wore skirts and dresses and put my hair up to look all professional (or at least as close as i get to "professional," which really isn’t very close). skirts and putting my hair up, however, really don’t mesh in my mind with the relatively-balmy figure "13°," so we’ll see. i might go for jeans and flannel and try keeping the hoard of 18-year-old-men at a tame, able-to-think-about-writing-instead-of-how-there-are-boobs-in-the-room distance using the go-ahead-and-suspect-that-i’m-a-dyke look instead of the "i’m way too old and grown-up and boring for your attentions" approach. at least it’ll be warm. oh, yeah, and i hacked a bunch of my hair off, which should also help.

plow just went by to wall the driveway in, so i’d best get digging!

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8 responses

20 01 2009
ovrclokd

oh, yeah, and i hacked a bunch of my hair off
??
your adoring public demands pictures! 🙂
stay warm…

20 01 2009
ovrclokd

oh, yeah, and i hacked a bunch of my hair off
??
your adoring public demands pictures! 🙂
stay warm…

20 01 2009
donnickcottage

I’m spending the day doing absolutely nothing… in case you need a focal point on which to slam your anger at the end of your day:)

20 01 2009
donnickcottage

I’m spending the day doing absolutely nothing… in case you need a focal point on which to slam your anger at the end of your day:)

20 01 2009
metalmonkey

picturepicture
I demand a picture of hacked hair (what’s left on your head, not in a baggie somewhere)
Age in the classroom question: How old does someone have to be to qualify as a gent, and not ‘one of your kids’ in your eyes?
Godspeed on getting your classrooms straightened out. I still haven’t turned in my syllabus – i don’t even know where to turn it in to – nor if I actually have any students, or if it is just a non-class.

21 01 2009
tyra

Re: picturepicture
23–i.e. old enough to absolutely not be an undergrad unless said gent has had some real life experiences between early schooling and going back to school to temper his character at least a bit, and regardless of age, not in my classes! (i do, as a teacher of technical and actual adults, occasionally have students who are my age and older, but they don’t exist as even-mildly-considerable-as-potentially-datable-humans if they’re my students!)

21 01 2009
tyra

Re: picturepicture
23–i.e. old enough to absolutely not be an undergrad unless said gent has had some real life experiences between early schooling and going back to school to temper his character at least a bit, and regardless of age, not in my classes! (i do, as a teacher of technical and actual adults, occasionally have students who are my age and older, but they don’t exist as even-mildly-considerable-as-potentially-datable-humans if they’re my students!)

20 01 2009
metalmonkey

picturepicture
I demand a picture of hacked hair (what’s left on your head, not in a baggie somewhere)
Age in the classroom question: How old does someone have to be to qualify as a gent, and not ‘one of your kids’ in your eyes?
Godspeed on getting your classrooms straightened out. I still haven’t turned in my syllabus – i don’t even know where to turn it in to – nor if I actually have any students, or if it is just a non-class.

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