The summer school session at the community college is over (for me, anways)! The course load was concentrated, but so are the paychecks. There were so many early mornings where the students and I were so not awake, but we made it.
Most of my students did well. I had those few students who wrote well at the freshman level and who intelligently chimed in to the class discussions. It was nice to see one student in particular get excited about the material covered in class.
However, I am concerned about a few, especially their future as college students. All one student did was go to sleep in the back of the classroom. I dont think he ever participated in class or showed any embarrassment when I had to wake him up in an attempt to involve him in the class discussion. Interestingly enough, he was worried about his grade towards the end. I have yet to receive a term paper from another student, despite her promise to send it to me ASAP.
I have until next Thursday to turn in grades, most of which I already have done.
I learned a few lessons this summer, much of it reinforcement from previous lessons:
- Never get behind. Grade those papers the day I get them. In fact, I should grade them after class or when I get home from work that day. Also, be on point with the lessons and not play catch up on lesson plans.
- Dont accept late work. I am not doing this to be a meanie, but it is a nightmare to backtrack, try to look at an assignment when the class and I have moved on to something else.
- Take care of myself. If I manage my time right, I get my work done, get some exercise, take care of what life asks of me, and get the rest I need in order to function for all of the above.
- Remember that its only a job. I should do it well (most excellently), but no job is worth taking over my life.
Next week, I go back to the language school for a couple of weeks. I am substituting for an instructors advanced level course and I got to meet the students this morning. They seem like a nice bunch of students, but the instructor told me its difficult to get them to do homework. Each group is different. They are mine next Monday.
I also got to see some familiar faces, such as Julius (Joo Seung AKA Ju Ju) and a few others. Perhaps once again, therell be a picture of me diagramming sentences.