If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Another Day

Today was the second workshop for the research project that has me so giddy. We lost a few participants, which is to be expected, but I was happy to see an email from one when I got home. She hopes to be there next week.

This evening went just as well although I didn't come home with the same high. Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy but tired. I teach directly before the workshop and last week I had my class watch a movie. Today I had to do a regular class and then race over to run the workshop. That's a lot of "on" time for an introvert like me.

Also I had a student in tears at the end of class today and, while I was able to reassure her, I didn't feel like I left the situation resolved. Funny thing is I just attended a workshop on working with students in crisis last Friday. In the workshop they went over a number of scenarios that might cause a student to come to you in a crisis and then--bang--it happens today.

I don't have a lot of experience with this and I'm not sure why. As I've mentioned before this is my first time teaching undergraduates. I can't imagine that graduate students don't have crises, but maybe they have more resources for handling them on their own? I don't think it is age, since this woman is a non-traditional student and many of my grad students are hir age or younger.

Angel has spent the day working on a paper that is due tomorrow. He found me online after the workshop and asked me to read a draft. I'm Professor Mom. I gave him feedback and now he's working on a revision. I believe I'll be reading that before I go to sleep.

He comes home tomorrow for a long weekend. It is his first visit and the first time I'll see him since we dropped him off in August. I'm excited and nervous.


Deb said...

Ooooo, I'm so happy that he is coming home for the weekend. I know you cannot wait to see him. Guess we wont be hearing from you for the next couple days :)

Enjoy the weekend.

Julie said...

I hope you had a great time with your Angel!! I just got to see my grown baby girl this past week. I'm so, so sad today without her today. Argh...those days of adjustment after a visit can be rough. But I can't complain, because it was a wonderful time.

Thinking of you and hoping your time was wonderful, too! Take care:)