Archive for January, 2006

Teaching Carnival V

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

Welcome to the fifth installment of the Teaching Carnival! It’s been a crazy month for everyone, it seems, with holidays all around colliding with terms’ end and beginning for many. As always, though, thoughtful conversations carried on about all aspects of teaching in higher education. See for yourself!
For many scholars, December is a crunch time […]

Don’t Cringe, Mother

Friday, January 13th, 2006

When you look down from on high. I’ve not forgotten your decades of loyal service as faculty wife and hostess in countless departmental functions. I remember upon my father’s retirement, the glee with which you dispensed of the outfits you’d dutifully donned in the official colours of the institution (because who could be caught wearing […]

Last Call for Teaching Carnival #5

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

On January 15th I’ll host the fifth Teaching Carnival featuring the wit and wisdom of bloggers on the topic of teaching and higher education. Of course, we’re always looking for more suggestions of blog entries to include. I’m particularly interested in posts from science, engineering and technology educators: my daily read list is in need […]

Reluctant Warrior

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

I have to go into the office now. Photocopy more readings. Meet with a student. Feel like crud.
I have to teach tonight: two classes. Please, let my graduate students work with me to come up with a time at which we can meet that isn’t in the evenings (as was earlier mandated by the enrollment […]

Paper Work

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Well, with nary a TA in sight today with free time enough to do my photocopying (my main TA has been dragooned into a research project for the upcoming department meeting), it was I who spent much of the day, after a morning’s orientation for my senior students, printing out and locating extra copies of […]


Friday, January 6th, 2006

One academic sin I’m hoping to avoid, this term, is over-preparation. I’m finally back to not having any new course preps this term (not that last term’s early medieval seminar was a burden, but. . .) and I need to take advantage of that fact. Yes, I need to revise a few lecture plans and […]

The Flip Side

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

Welcome to the easy term. Sixty-eight students so far in three classes: teaching two days of the week!
I know, I have to update my sidebar list of students, courses, pages marked and written as we’re into the new term now. I’ll get to it, but it’s not a priority. Done while I waited for a […]

Grades Complete!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

All the calculations and data entry is complete. Now, we wait for the students dropping by to dispute their marks. For the three students for whom I never received a final essay, I’d love to hear their explanations!
New term starts tomorrow but I won’t teach until Monday. I can use the next several days to […]

Monkey Eviction

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

Today’s the day we submit final marks for last term (yay for administrative offices being closed for so long) so I have to hurry up this morning and compile the final marks for my first year class so that I can submit those and get this damned monkey off my back.
With over four thousand pages […]

Narnia Reaction and Happy Bunny Meme

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

I know: what a juxtaposition!
First: I did quite enjoy Narnia, despite the misgivings some have expressed about the series and the movie’s marketing connexions. There were parts that threw me: Father Christmas didn’t immediately register as such for me and the young actress who played Lucy seemed to express sorrow and joy with the same […]