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

Thursday, April 29, 2010

RBOC: Last Week of Classes Edition

  • I taught my last class of the semester on Tuesday night. They were a great group and I'm sorry to see them go.
  • I'm actually kind of sorry to see the semester go. I only had to teach one class and it was one I've taught several times before. I know I'm not going to get such a light teaching load again in a very long time.
  • This semester was also chock-filled with drama and I'm not sorry to see that go.
  • Unfortunately I don't think its going anywhere anytime soon.
  • I was in my office with my door open for a little over 2 hours this afternoon. In that time I got 7 "visitors." Only three of them were invited. Not that I wasn't happy to see the others but really this is why I work at home or with the door closed.
  • I've been using an exercise ball as a chair at work and at home the entire semester. This week my work ball sprung a slow leak.
  • Students like to buy me food (and sometimes coffee). I'm not really sure why that is. Trust me I look well-fed.
  • This is also the last week of my Unravelling class. It was an interesting experience and I'm glad I did it. I'm toying with the idea of another photography ecourse but once that is more focused on technique. Now that I've gotten more comfortable with the idea of taking photographs, I'd like to know more about what I'm doing.
  • I'm also toying with the idea of auditing an advanced statistics course next spring. This is not as much fun but I think it may be necessary. There is a statistical technique that was not taught when I was in graduate school but is now routinely taught. The questions I want to ask can't be answered without this technique.
  • Last year I thought I would take it super-easy this summer, since it would be my post-tenure summer, but now it looks like I'll be crazy busy at least until July.
  • BTW, the tenure letter finally arrived.


Ianqui said...

Congrats on the tenure letter!

A student of mine is taking an advanced stats course, and all I can think is that I really should take it too. But though he is game and good-natured, he complains a ton about the workload, which leads me to believe that I'd probably slack off and not learn anything. Ugh.

Julie said...

Good students! They must really love you to bring you coffee and food. Congratulations on the tenure letter & happy end of semester!

Annie said...

Congratulations on the official tenure letter, and transitioning from a great semester to a productive summer!

phd me said...

That's fantastic! Congrats - and enjoy.