Tuesday, September 24, 2013

weeping for the future

This term somehow feels like more of a student disaster than most.  Notes from the past few days:

- I ran an in-class exercise that included both on-the-board demos of the questions as well as a fully worked example problem that was given to each student with the assignment.  These were pretty basic high school math problems, finding percentages and change over time.  A frightening percentage of my class was completely lost even after I did the examples on the board, in which they would have to change only one number to do their own work.

- In my senior course, several of the students went to the wrong classroom, which is not completely unexpected since our building is a little bit non-intuitive in its layout and there are classrooms that look very similar to one another.  However, rather than checking the classroom number on their schedules or just peeking into the other similar classrooms to make sure they weren't in the wrong place, the students left after waiting a few minutes.  Me = not impressed.

I have a few freshmen who have actually come to my office to go over lecture material.  I love them, and this week they are keeping me from complete despair over the future of our country.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Things I would really like to say to my students, now that things have barely begun:

- How is it that you missed the four emails I've sent over the past four months, each of which reiterated the same information with a reminder that it was very important for you as an upcoming senior to read it and respond, and are now emailing me to say that you never received any of these emails that are currently in my "sent" box with your name on them?

- Your question is whether we're meeting at the time that is listed as the class time on your schedule/online/in the registrar's office.   Really?

- You need to take a class on social issues and inequality, kid from the 'burbs.

- You will not actually be an engineer/doctor.  Sorry.

- I predict that I as your advisor will be hearing about your poor grades in approximately 5 weeks.   

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

notes from vacation

We finally went somewhere non-work-related just before the term, and it was really nice.  Some things we learned (or relearned):

- we are officially old now, since we would rather pay for a hotel than camp when it is 90 degrees out with 95% humidity.
-  large bodies of water are one of our favorite things but I cannot just lounge next to them all day.  Maybe this is a genetic abnormality or something, but I am not a traditional beach person.
- other people are idiots.
- pregnant tent camping would be totally doable if not for all the peeing, or specifically all of the hauling of self out of the tent to pee, during the night.  Also a 3-man tent makes a body pillow way more comfortable.
- small children should not be included in activities that have anything to do with tours or old houses.
- old friends are awesome

This trip was the first time a stranger made conversation about me being pregnant, which was kinda cool.  I also did zero work, and didn't even bring a laptop, which was very cool. 

Too bad vacation has to end.