Monthly Archives: August 2013

Quick Hit: Getting Ready

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.

Phew!

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?

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FINALLY!

I got a nibble on an application I sent in to a local community college a few weeks ago, and I went to the campus to meet with the department head this morning.  I came out of the meeting with three composition courses to teach.

While the courses are nothing exciting (they’re standard college comp classes; writing process and 5 standard essays per class), I’m excited about getting back into the classroom.  I’m still looking to expand my professional horizons beyond education – in fact, I have an interview with a grass-roots organizing committee this afternoon, which I’m hoping will yield some opportunities – but I’m really welcoming this offer.  I want to keep at least one toe in the education pool, and I was beginning to worry that I’d been out of it too long to get back in.

So!  Mrs. Chili is no longer unemployed (or, at least, she won’t be once the paperwork gets filed)!  PHEW!

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