Things are starting to come together. The endless meetings…well, I’m sure they will be a part of my life for a long time now. But I’m getting used to them. One of my computers is scheduled to be delivered to me tomorrow AM! Yay!! I am so excited about this!
I feel it like a kick in the gut when people mention other people (former students for example) getting jobs that pay so much better than what we make. I definitely still have a personal issue to work out on that front. I never realized money was so important to me. Maybe it’s kind of like how a starved person, once given food, values that food beyond anything and wants it all. Clearly I’ve never starved. I think actually it’s just immensely frustrating that making ends meet has been a big concern for most of my life…and because of the job I chose…will continue to be. There are compensations for that though (quality of life, for example).
I have one syllabus more or less prepped. One class website pretty much set up. 2 more to go!
One realization: I’ve never been formally trained in curriculum design, assessments, pedagogy. None of it. That…might have been helpful in my new line of work. I did a teaching demonstration as part of my interview, and one of my new colleagues (who was on the search committee) made a comment that from my demonstration it was clear I was aware of some of these principles – he wanted to know if I was self-taught or where I’d picked it up. Glad to hear I’m doing the right things, despite no formal training!