Warping young minds when it’s convenient August 29, 2012Posted by mareserinitatis in education, engineering, teaching.
Now that classes have gotten into full swing, I’m going to try to remember something if I ever have control of the class schedule: never teach some classes in the morning and some in the afternoon.
I teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, I have one class in the mornings on both those days, one class in the middle of the afternoon on Tuesday, and two classes plus office hours on Thursday. (I’m using the break between classes for my office hours, since I have to be there anyway.)
I have to admit that this schedule really wrecks the whole day. It is somewhat my own fault. I agreed to teach an additional section, which happened to be the Thursday morning class. It’s only half the semester, but it’s also longer than my other classes and I’ve had to change the content a bit to accomodate the different schedule. I know that’s going to make it worse for me until the end of October.
I also seem to have more students than last year. Enrollment was already up in the department, but the new section adds another 30 kids to the nearly 100 I already had. I am so not looking forward to grading.
If it was up to me, I’d love to teach one class for 1 1/2 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays…with 10 students. I don’t see that happening soon, though.