Sunday, February 10, 2008
Rains, Pours, Etc.
Officially, after two weeks of school, I have 197 students this semester at three different institutions: 80 in Art Orientation, 70 in Art History, 22 in Perspective Drawing, and 25 in Drawing I. I was supposed to be teaching another section of Perspective on top of this, but it got cancelled.
I’m working my little fashionable ass off. I have no readers for the large lecture classes. My close friend, the Art Historian, is always reading student papers and preparing lectures in her car, and I understand why. I eat, work, read and occasionally nap in my car now (parked, of course).
The biggest challenge, apart from not sounding like an idiot in front of so many people, is managing all those students. It’s different when you know each by name. I get emails every day from students, I have to learn new techniques of assigning homework, I have to write multiple choice exams, I have to figure out extra credit and make-up stuff for huge numbers.
I feel like I put on a show with the big lectures, four times a week. It’s both exhilarating and exhausting.
And today I am very, very sad.