Archive for November, 2005

Evaluate this!

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Today, in the campus mail, came four manila envelopes — one for each of my courses. We are to “administer the instrument” next week — little paper booklets in which they can indicate their assessment of everything from my knowledge of the subject (which they always place at the highest level, even when I taught […]

Blustery Day

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

I took a marking break (have to update the page count in a serious way!) to deliver eldest’s papers. It’s a rotten day outside — windy as all get out with alternating bouts of rain, snow and sun. None came in sufficient amounts to dominate the experience, however. Glum, glum, glum weather. Sleep deprived. Bah.
Tonight’s […]

Alktay Unnyfay

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Youngest and I indulged in a long bout of Pig Latin after school today. The girls were introduced to this “language” during summer vacation with my family and it seems to have stuck. Despite her autism (or perhaps because of it?), youngest is fascinated with the coding principles involved and asks me to spew out […]

Seeing is . . . .

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

A few years ago I picked up a DVD set of the 1974 documentary, The World at War to assist in my teaching. In each of the four class meetings my majors’ course devotes to World War II, we watch a different episode illuminating some relevant issues. For example, we see a historiographic debate play […]

Academic entitlements

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Talking over who might want to teach intersession — May through July — courses with the chair today, talk turned towards issues of academic entitlements. One newer colleague has expressed interest in teaching the intersession as a way to fund a late summer research trip. I reminded her he should also be directed to apply […]

Morning rain

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

Autumn fades quickly here. There was snow on the windshield as I readied to drive Mike to work and then drop the girls at school. The snow immediately changed to rain — a grey result from a grey day. Despite that, I bundled up to walk the dogs around the neighbourhood. In weather such as […]

A Life of the Mind

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Seventy one people crowded into the reading room this evening at the university, to hear a distinguished scholar speak on the history of gathering in industrializing Britain. For an hour, they listen while her talk led them through the complications of the subject, the research, the questions that she asked. They patiently waited while she […]

Broke 1000

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Pages of student work marked, that is. I’m not even counting the more than 200 pages I’ve marked for another assignment (I don’t post the page totals until an assignment set is completed — thus keeping me on the ball). 2000 pages looks like an easy number to achieve from this perspective. Should […]

We won something!

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

Just got a phone call from the Sudbury Kinsmen — Mike holds the winning ticket for their Home Theatre package.
We’re rather in shock here, mostly because we can’t figure out what room in the house is big enough to accomodate this kind of electronics monstrosity.
At least it isn’t a trailer!

Do you read this?

Friday, November 4th, 2005

Today’s top story at the Toronto Star (registration required) is headlined:
Allow torture, Cheney urges senators
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney made an unusual personal appeal to Republican senators this week to allow CIA exemptions to a proposed ban on the torture of terror suspects in U.S. custody, according to participants in a closed-door session.
Cheney told his […]