Thoughts on the new semester

Tree trimming for the parkway, à la Deerfield.

It has been a busy week.

I had issues with getting my work done. Let’s clarify, however, those issues are only in my head and would not necessarily be issues for others. I am one of those people who likes to get work done ahead of time. I then have a chance to be able to take a good look at what I have done and make changes when necessary and without the stress of rushing. I know that when I rush, I tend to make mistakes. That is my personality. Knowing myself, I like to do things early and I always have. I guess that we ‘cannot teach an old dog new tricks.’ Frankly, I don’t want to learn those tricks!

A software upgrade at the college meant that the usual situation of finding the online shell to work on and prepare was not visually available. I found out earlier this week that I would have to do a search from a specific page and that the search could not be by using the exact wording and punctuation. I find that when you use the exact wording that you usually get better results. Thus, when I needed to find FRE-102… I searched for FRE-102. I found out later that I needed to search with FRE 102 (no hyphen). So on Tuesday of this week, I got in and took the day to import information from previous classes, change dates, add in things, etc. I have clocked set up for a class and it ranges from between eight and ten hours of pretty intense, detail-oriented work. Incorrectly inputting information can cause a student to have difficulty when taking an exam, something to be avoided at all costs.

I pretty much finished up on Tuesday and ended up with a last minute syllabus change since my conversation hours were changed, thus changing my office hour.

I went to the department meeting on Wednesday with the thought that I was set to go.

On Thursday I received the dreaded information that due to a full-time colleague having difficulty maintaining full-time status, that my course was being taken from me so as to complete the full-timer’s schedule. That is legitimate, contract-wise, but given the situation, a bit of a letdown to say the least. And to think I was going to have five students, as opposed to the one to three students that I have been having lately.

Okay, back to the drawing board…

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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