Welcome to the New Semester
I am super overwhelmed.
I, once again, took on as many classes as they would let me teach. At $2300 per three hour class, I felt like I had no choice. At this point, I’m going to have to do the same thing in the Spring, assuming they even want me back.
What if they don’t want me back?
After last semester’s devastating evaluations, I am afraid and desperately trying to find the balance between connecting with five classes of 32 students and holding true to my policies.
Due to family struggles, I don’t feel like I can teach fewer classes. Due to those same struggles, I feel less sure of myself, much more anxious and borderline hopeless at reaching my students.
Then, I have a good day. Thank Bob for those days.
I feel like I’m getting the hang of being a face-to-face teacher. I’ve implemented the things I said I would (grade policies, talking to my students about how the class is going, being kind and understanding even when I have to say, “no”) and I’m succeeding at some of them.
I’m still struggling with names. I guess I can’t get it all.
If you’re a student, please know that it’s hard to stand in front of a room full of twenty-somethings, sometimes with sweat stains, occasionally saying the inappropriate thing, driving difficult discussions about heated topics…and feel confident.
I love what I do. I think I can be really good at it. I just want to know that my new institution will give me the time to grow into that person…preferably while not driving me to the poor-house in the meantime.
Also, to my fellow adjuncts some resources:
Culture: The Urinal Game
Social Inequality: Cut-Throat Monopoly (yes, even more than the original game)
Please give me all your activity suggestions for Social Problems and Intro.