Sunday, July 29, 2007

Finally! More sleep!

(Originally posted on Saturday, July 28, 2007 by Tim)

I?ve not posted in a long time. My excuse for the last month is that I?ve been teaching Organic Chemistry 2. I?ve always wanted to teach the course and an opportunity came up to teach it in the summer. It ended up being more difficult than I anticipated. Lecture was 2 hours a day and the lab was 3 to 5 hours a day. After that, I would go home, eat dinner, and then work on lecture notes and grading. I was running 5 to 6 hours of sleep for the whole month of July. I submitted my grades last night and got 9 hours of sleep. Hooray! I barely knew what to do with myself today.

My reason for teaching the class was to get to know the material better and I really had a good time from that point of view. I will have to seriously think about it before teaching future summer classes for the first time. It took a lot out of me.

I?m going to try to get posting again so I?m going to give myself permission to keep these short. However, before I sign off, I want to share something funny on a poster "promoting" the writing center where I taught. This is the sort of thing that happens when english majors try to make science and math jokes. The poster had the following equation on it:

(You + Idea)/writing center = paper

Sooooo?the writing center makes my paper worse, no?

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