Amazon just gave me prime free for 30 days and downton abbey season 4 is on it. Could life get any better?!
The end of the first week has arrived. I’ve gone through the endless stream of questions repeated over and over again in each interaction I have: how does it feel to be back? What was your favorite part of your time away? Et cetera. Et cetera.
It does feel different this time around. I can’t quite put it into words yet. It may partly be that I’m back at school in a different job or that my perspective’s shifted or a little. Or both. Or more.
I’d forgotten how exhausting these opening days are and I’d forgotten how academics love to talk and analyze and opine for hours on end. If there’s time to fill, it usually happens in the form of a meeting!
I despise meetings unless they’re quick and effective.
I’d forgotten what it feels like to be so tied to a schedule that you spend a good percentage of any task thinking about what needs to be done next and where this body needs to go to do it.
I’d forgotten what it feels like to push something off, because of a time crunch somewhere else, and then try to throw it together moments before.
I’d forgotten what it feels like to always be tempted to open work email and respond to people when I’m not working.
I’m starting to remember why it felt like this place broke me in the first place. And I’m hoping that the strategies I’ve got in place will help me so that won’t happen this time around.
Higher education has become a powerful force for reinforcing advantage and passing it on through generations.
Just saw a beautiful but small retrospective of her work at Princeton art museum. A gem if there ever was one.
are currently displaying lesson plans.
I kind of want to jump on a table and yell “GROUP MEETING!! Get into pairs, switch computers, and evaluate each other’s lesson plans. We’ll come back and reconvene as a group in TEN minutes!”
Unofficial P.D.?? No?? Anyone??