As we approach the end of the semester, I thought I’d take a moment to update you on some of the goings-on around here. I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately, partly due to a bit of burn out (just being honest!), but mostly due to a semester doubling as a ride on a roller coaster. Between crazy weather patterns, overbooked schedules, new committee appointments, conferences & writing commitments, and of course, family life, this has been a semester to remember (or quickly forget!). To keep things brief, I’ll just offer you a few of the highlights in order to shed a bit of light as well as offer up some options for future blog posts.
High: Students rocked their group presentations earlier this term, where they team-taught an entire class session.
Low: I had a number of students who had major medical issues this term, and several who were forced to withdraw. This of course means I’ll take a “hit” on my enrollment rates (the bane of any educator’s existence!), but more importantly it’s been tough watching students struggle with some of this stuff.
High: I recently approved what I hope (fingers crossed!) are final edits on a book chapter that I originally wrote over a year and a half ago, with hopes that it will actually be published this year.
Low: Due to end of semester conferencing and misc. commitments, I missed at least one, possibly two deadlines for proposals on projects that I really wanted to do. sigh. Time: the great enemy of academic writers. Always.
High: I am *almost* caught up with all of my grading, after my laptop crashed and I lost over TWO WEEKS of grading and prep time while I couldn’t access my files.
Low: Didn’t you catch the fact that MY LAPTOP CRASHED?!?
Low #2: That “caught up” feeling really only lasts about one day. As soon as I return to class tomorrow, I’ll have an onslaught of presentations to grade, and then next week students will turn in final papers. Summer, where are you?!?!
High: I am nearly done wrapping up work on a research project I’ve participated in this academic year, and look forward to sharing some of the things I learned during this process here some time in the future.
Low: Somehow, I managed to pick up another committee appointment by accident (someone caught me off guard at an elevator!). How DOES this happen to me?
High: I am about to begin my last full week of the semester. (You really should read that as if I was singing, because I am.)
Low: There is much, much work to be done between now and that blessed final day of the term. Pray for me, people.
Well, that should suffice for now. I could insert a lot more personal info into the highs/lows, but I don’t want to bore you with all the drama that is my life. Looking back over this term, I can honestly say it has been a strange one in many ways. On the other hand, each term seems to bring its own share of surprises and challenges, so why should this one be any different? In any case, I know I will breathe a huge sigh of relief when it is behind me.
If there is anything listed up above that you would like to me to share about in another blog post, or if there is any other topic (related to academics) you’d like to discuss on this blog, please offer your suggestions below! Meanwhile, happy grading to all of you educators out there, and hang in there-the semester is almost over! (I hope–unless you’re on quarters. Or in secondary ed. I’m so sorry.)