Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"First of the . . .": RBOC on beginning a new semester

For some very strange reason, I keep hearing Bone Thugs 'n Harmony's "It's the First of the Month" in my head.

Actually, it's the first day of class. Not quite the same thing. Plus, it's almost the middle of the month.

I was so nervous last night. I keep hoping that at some point that will go away. But every semester I have a hard time sleeping the night before and I have to check all the paperwork a bunch of times. My stomach is all butterflies. I don't know what it is, but it's both exciting and vomit-inducing, the nerves.

Anyway, I'm please at how the day is going. My fabulous, exciting class on a favorite author looks as if it will make. There were only four students registered last night, so I was elated that there were seven people there when I walked in. Three of them were from last semester, so I'm going to take that as a compliment. My composition classes are totally full, but we've been instructed not to overload anyone into our classes, so I'm happy to turn down the beggars. I foolishly let people in last semester and I wanted to slap them by mid-term. Three comps is a LOT of grading and I should not have invited more--after all, it's the worst part of the job. This time, the cap is the cap is the cap and you can't override the cap because it's the cap. Sorry. Find another section, chick.

Also excited because I bought a new space heater for my office. It's freezing in there, and it seems to only be my office. Now I don't have to swaddle myself in a big wrap. It's toasty!

Blessings to everyone who's beginning anew. May you all have brilliant, hard-working students, fast grading, and upbeat colleagues!

6 comments:

gary said...

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Ink said...

So glad it's begun with a joyfulness. (Who's the author? I'm dying to know.)

And I was just talking to someone yesterday. We've both been teaching for a long time and we talked about how we still have anxiety about walking in on day one. We decided it was just the unknown...who will the students be, what will they be like, etc. Which means we'll never be free of it! LOL!

evenshine said...

I actually love the first day nervousness. It's fun! What I don't love, however, is the grading. Happy grading to you, and all of us, who are starting yet again!

The Steel Magnolia said...

Ink: It's Pearl Cleage--you may know her from Oprah's Book Club and she wrote the poem for Oprah's Legends Ball. She's a wonderful playwright, too.

evenshine: Can't say that I second that emotion, but I guess I had better learn to love it! Happy grading to you, too! (Yeah, right!)

ck said...

I loved the first day of school nerves...as a student. I cannot imagine it as a teacher. I think I'd skip right past the butterflies and go right for the vomiting. I think being a teacher must be one of the bravest jobs out there!

Ink said...

OH so cool!