Archive for November, 2006

The Examined Life

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

It can’t be time for exams, already? Sure, exam period won’t start until the second week of December, but I have to get the exams to the secretary by tomorrow so they can be duplicated and ready for the big day(s). So that meant a large part of today was spent preparing final exams for […]

Teaching Carnival XVI

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

How quickly time flies! It’s time for the sixteenth edition of the Teaching Carnival.
Every academic blogger seems caught up in the rigours of term time. Regardless, there’s a wealth of discussion to highlight from across the blogosphere and I’ve attempted to draw my submissions as widely as possible. If there’s something you’d rather not have […]

Christmas Music

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Few things make me happier than good Christmas music. So even though we’re weeks away from the season, the girls and I are listening to favourite recordings. Every time I play “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, I get shivers down my spine and “The Huron Carol” always brings a tear to my eyes. “Oh […]

Online Faciliators?

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Anyone have experience teaching a course entirely in the online context? My sister, another academic, needs to briefly interview someone about their experiences in this teaching format. If you can post or email me with your willingness to help out, here, I would be eternally grateful!
ETA: Volunteer found, thank you!

Snowed Under

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Literally. We woke up to seventeen centimetres, yesterday. Everyone contributed to shovelling out but that’s still a fair bit of work. Ugh!
On the other hand, nothing brightens up a morning like sun reflecting off white snow pretty much everywhere!

Much Marking

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Still here. Still marking: I’m behind three sets of tutorial responses in my largest class, several weeks of presentation marks in the senior seminar and the bibliographies for my graduate students. And in forty minutes it’s off to another meeting.
Busy, busy, busy! I’ll be saying that through Christmas, I suspect, as my last exam is […]

Bookstore Priorities

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Redacted for Privacy, Amusement and Edification
Hello Professor Ancarett,
We would like to inform you that we have 2 copies remaining of $27.95 Popular Microhistory You Adopted for a Course Last Year with a Hundred Students.
Unfortunately, the publisher does not accept any returns. Please make note of this for any other order and kindly try to readopt […]


Monday, November 6th, 2006

Eldest awoke this morning, violently nauseated, no doubt caused by her cold and drainage. She’s spending the day at home, sniffling (usually dutifully into some Kleenex) and feeling sorry for herself.
Us? We’ve juggled just fine. I taught two classes, met with five students and wrote up the scholarship rankings that are due this week. Ducked […]

Music Acquired

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

“Weird Al” Yankovic — Straight Outta Lynwood (last copy in the store!)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse — Rust Never Sleeps
The Police — Every Breath You Take (replacing an old LP
Simple Plan — Still Not Getting Any. . .
Various Artists — Now Christmas 2
Various Artists — Season’s Greetings 2 (It has the Bing Crosby & David […]

Teaching Carnival Heads-Up

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Look! New Kid on the Hallway’s posted Teaching Carnival #15 over at her blog. It’s chockful of great posts on all sorts of issues in higher education and well worth a visit.
Carnival fans should note that Teaching Carnival #16 will be hosted here at the Abode on November 15th. You can aid in the preparation […]