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Regaining My Feet

October 16, 2011 pm31 11:23 pm

It’s been a while.

In the previous nine school years, I have taught a full schedule exactly one term. I was the scheduler, the programmer, for my small school. My 0.4 allowance was not generous, but comp time is comp, and I was not in the classroom. I told people that teaching was much harder than programming. But now I’m feeling it; I’m back to full time.

I’m a little nervous that my successor won’t do a good job (probably needlessly). I’m a little nervous that she will do a good job (what did they need ME for?) which is somewhere between silly and ridiculous. It is true that it took over two years to replace me.

But I’m mostly loving being back teaching five, and even loving the exhaustion at the end of a full day when I’ve really made a class go well. But no question, it is exhausting. Through September I did not fall behind. But I slept odd hours. I got sick. I paid insufficient attention to other responsibilities. And I stopped blogging.

But I’m back. We’ll see if it lasts.

 

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. JBL permalink
    October 17, 2011 am31 8:14 am 8:14 am

    Good luck! I want to hear about calculus! :)

  2. rantingwoman permalink
    October 17, 2011 am31 8:53 am 8:53 am

    Welcome back. You wre missed.

  3. Fred Klonsky permalink
    October 17, 2011 am31 10:46 am 10:46 am

    I want more.

  4. October 17, 2011 pm31 9:32 pm 9:32 pm

    What Fred said. Wait. Whatever Fred says. (concur-ment here)

  5. October 17, 2011 pm31 10:14 pm 10:14 pm

    Thank you. All of you.

  6. w.p. handel permalink
    October 22, 2011 pm31 10:47 pm 10:47 pm

    “… loving the exhaustion at the end of a full day when I’ve really made a class go well. But no question, it is exhausting. Through September I did not fall behind. But I slept odd hours. I got sick. I paid insufficient attention to other responsibilities. And I stopped blogging.”

    thanks, JD. i just read this passage out loud
    to my girlfriend (of seven years… the one
    who knows me best): “does this *remind*
    you of anyone?” (broad hint: it sounds
    a great deal as if i’d written it about myself.)

    & i guess i’m about as steady on *my* feet
    as i’ve been in, anyway, a few years.
    like they say next door “the spiritual
    life isn’t a theory… we have to live it.”

    & blogging isn’t what it used to be;
    i get to feeling like that “john milnor”
    character in _american_graffiti_
    cruising the strip beyond his own
    natural sell-by date. (& it charms me
    that “john milnor” is also the name
    of a great topologist [who also writes
    well… *very* unusual among top
    mathematicians].) tweet, tweet.

    yadda, yadda. gee it’s good to “see” ya.
    someday soon i’ll post again myself.
    to (cite warren zevon) the vast indifference
    of heaven. yours in the struggle. OT

  7. October 22, 2011 pm31 10:54 pm 10:54 pm

    Did you really just sign that “w.p. Handel?

    I’m not sure I can tell the difference between a great topologist, and an ordinary one (the first smart alecky answer that comes to mind, let’s not write it down)

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