I was doing so well with keeping up posting here, and then I just…failed. This fall hit me hard. I couldn’t really tell you why. But my energy levels have been at less than 0. But I’m back in action now, so let’s hope it holds.
Translation: I’m submitting PHD applications, prepping my students for their final research papers, and trying to prepare for the holidays. So, go go gadget procrastination.
I won’t do a recap of the entire semester here, because frankly, none of you really care that much. I don’t, either. But let’s say it’s been a little rough. I can’t tell if it’s my lack of enthusiasm, or if I just have the biggest collection of bums ever, but we are just not making headway. They are not bad kids, but they are lazy, and ballsy about being lazy. I am also lazy, and we are just having a big old collaborative laze-fest that is not getting things done.
Some of my favorite examples of our issues:
“I didn’t get the essay. So I didn’t do it.” (We had been working on it in class for 20 minutes.)
“Can I get some help? Also how do I do citations.” (the evening *after* we turned the paper in.)
“We have to read the whole thing?” (I gave them class time to read an article they were supposed to read for homework.)
So I think it might be a combo. Grad apps season also means that my brain is not totally on teaching. So I’m working on being better–if I have more pep, maybe they will too. I’m also hoping stuffing myself with potatoes and pie for the next three days will put a bit of zip back in me. Or it will send me into a food coma. I will take either.
And, finally, since I know you were all dying to hear about it…
THE TEACHERS LOUNGE SAGA CONTINUES!
So, either my colleagues are paranoid, or actual hot magma comes out of the coffee machine.
Me: *creeps in, trying not to interrupt jabbering ladies*.
Jabbering ladies: blah blah blah, What Not to Wear, so-and-so’s grandpa…*slow fade to silence*.
Me: *continues to be awkward. Grabs cup for coffee.*
Jabbering ladies: *whisper whisper, mumble something about coffee*.
Single jabbering lady: *comes over* it’s hot. Do you need help? I don’t want you to burn yourself. It’s REALLY hot.
Me: I’m fine. It’s…I’m…I’ve got it.
Lady: *looks dubious*.
Me: *collects coffee. Waves like manic idiot. Flees.*
And they keep going silent and watching me when I go in there. It is coffee, not lava. Calm down, people. It’s getting to the point where I don’t even go in there if I can hear people–the worried staring is just uncomfortable for everybody.
So, I hope that amused you, or at least told you my sense of humor has not improved. I’m going to try going back to around once a week. If that doesn’t happen…someone poke me. I either got lazy, or I’m taking a cross-country hike to go throw eggs at the ETS building.
…or I crawled under my bed and am refusing to come out. Anything is possible.