September 07, 2006

Busy Busy

It's that time of year again.  Today is my DH's first day of school, so yesterday, of course, we spent all day making his classroom look pretty and organizing all of his books and papers and supplies.

33-36 students per class.  And as of 5:30 pm yesterday, he only had 32 chairs.  You gotta love it.  Hopefully that will be rectified soon.

And he doesn't have the worst of it.  The thermostat in the room next door went haywire over the summer and now only blows hot air.  In CA.  In Spetember.  With 37 bodies.  They told the teacher in that room that if they can't get it fixed today they will move him into another room until they can get the AC working.  On the other side of his room, there's no power to the outlets in the lab tables or the walls....  So having to play musical chairs doesn't really seem so bad.

One thing I do appreciate, though, is that he is teaching just one kind of class.  The same subject 5 times a day, rather than one class of this, one class of that, and three classes of the other.  It cuts his out-of-class work by 2/3!  Which is good.  With almost 200 students, he has a lot to do anyway.  I think we figured that he starts with 175 this year, which means it will be about 185 before the end of the month.

As for myself, we've been back to school for 3 weeks now, and things are starting to hit their rhythm.  I'm the course director for our freshman class, which means that I don't have to teach every day, but I am in charge and I have to make sure every thing is working according to plan.  Lecture and Lab both.

So far so good.  We have more students this year than last, and I think the students are all pretty smart.  I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish this year.

I had an epiphany on the freeway this am, while I was stuck in traffic.  But it must not have been that important, as I have no forgotten what exactly it was....  that's what it's been like lately.

I need a vacation just to catch up.  And maybe clean the house.

Posted by caltechgirl at September 7, 2006 11:24 AM | TrackBack

I think clean houses are overrated. At least that's the theory I'm using.

That's a lotttt of students per class. Yikes.

It's been a while since I've had an epiphany, but I can relate to the forgetting part. I swear, I need a pad of post-its and a pencil attached to my forehead.

Posted by: Marie at September 7, 2006 12:19 PM

well, see as far as the house is concerned, the key word is "piles", you know the getting-to-the-point- where-I-have-to-step-over-them-to-get-anywhere kind

Posted by: caltechgirl at September 7, 2006 02:09 PM

If you have a messy house, you won't get robbed. If thieves look in, see a mess, and think you've already been robbed!

Posted by: Mrs_Who at September 7, 2006 03:25 PM