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I can haz schedule, pleez? November 18, 2011

Posted by mareserinitatis in education, teaching, work.
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I’ve only got three more weeks of classes, and while I’m enjoying the class, I’m looking forward to having a schedule back.

I’ve never been lucky enough to teach a class that meets at the same time multiple times a week.  Instead, it’s usually a situation like I have now: Tuesday morning is hosed because I have class and then office hours, Tuesday afternoon is hosed because I have class in the middle of the afternoon, giving me very little time to accomplish things at either end, and Thursday afternoon is hosed because I have two classes a half hour apart.  Oh yeah, and since I’m at the opposite end of campus, I lose about a half hour riding the shuttle down and back…three times a week.

The only time I felt like I really did have a schedule was the one semester where I had three labs in a row.  It  ate up my entire day and left me devoid of consciousness at the end.  On the other hand, it left me with four other days to be productive.

The other problem is that now I am working at a job, on top of classes, so I have meetings.  Of course, these have to be scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  So on the days I am at work for a reasonable amount of time, that time gets sucked up with meetings.  And, of course, meetings, like classes, are scheduled mid-morning or mid-afternoon to just perfectly mess things up so that I have no longer than 1 1/2 hours to focus on anything.

I have to say that I’ve managed, this semester, to have the worst of both worlds.

And now we’re heading into the holidays.

Just three more weeks…

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