So! I start teaching at the two community colleges the Tuesday after Labor Day. Next Tuesday marks the start of staff meetings. Of course, both colleges are holding important, orientation-type meetings for new adjuncts on the SAME DAY, but I was lucky that the staff meetings at Not Local Community College (NLCC) end in exactly enough time for me to hop in the car and make my way to Local Community College in time to make it to the meetings there.
I’ve just about got my syllabi put together. I’ve found myself stressing most about the schedule part of the document; I tend not to schedule out a semester’s worth of classes just because experience has taught me that scheduling is a pointless exercise; the first two days go as planned, generally, but then the class takes on a life of its own. I don’t want to spend a lot of time and energy on a plan that I’m going to abandon in the second week of classes. If I abandon the idea of mapping out every last class meeting, I can say with some confidence that my syllabi are ready to be printed.
Neither of the classes I’m teaching (college composition and developmental writing, which is essentially pre-comp) are particularly challenging for me to teach; I’ve done it many times before, and I have more than ample materials and facility with the process to make it work. I’m going into two entirely new environments, however, and I think that’s what’s accounting for the mild case of low-level jitters I’m experiencing lately. I’m sure that, once I get a feel for what the respective colleges are like (and get to know my colleagues and supervisors a bit better), I’ll fit right in.
So, that’s my professional life at the moment. What are YOU all up to?