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Monday, January 23, 2006 

Days 87 to 95: Back from the dead...

Well, it's been ages since I last posted. I'm not sure what happened - potential guesses include:
A) I am becoming more of a real teacher (and thus have less time for blogging)
B) I am still baffled by everything I need to do and can't schedule my blogging time
C) I'm running out of steam as the ship has reached the half-way mark and has not sunk!
D) All of the above
E) None of the above

I'll let you pick for me (you can post your answer in the comments!) but here are 7 things I have learned in the past couple of weeks:

1) the Christmas break isn't long enough - despite what I used to think about those lazy teachers who had ALLLLLLL that time to recharge over the holidays

2) Exams (questions and answer sheets) take a LONG time to prepare.

3) Multiple choice questions are my absolute favorite as far as correcting goes. Life should be a multiple choice question (perhaps it is... think about it...)

4) Although I'd like to believe I'm on top of things, I'm still not nearly prepared enough and I have tons of preparation and thinking to do to make it to the end of the year...

5) I'm dreading the upcoming dissections (read why here) which are inevitable in the biology curriculum...

6) Some students perform poorly despite the help I offer, and the threats I make. Now, I have to follow through on the threats and call up some parents. What a major drag (for me!).

7) Technology worries me - I've bitten off more than I can chew and it's only going to get worse...

Welcome back to my world - one in which these students think they are learning from me while I am constantly learning from them!!!

I'll guess "D."

The breaks are never long enough. Except summer, that is. When that one ends, I'm ready to return.

Welcome back.

Sounds like you are doing just fine. At least you have your students charmed. That is the biggest bugaboo. Just don't forget to blog.

Happy to have you back, Lolita! I missed you!

Great Blog!

From a former pharmaceutical Project Manager, Canadian too. I got laid off in july 2005 and went into internet and network marketing.

Way to go, Lolita

Great blog!!
I understand where you are coming from because for the past 15 years I have been in the position of the student. Can't wait to get my marks back, not wanting to come to school and n ot trying my hardest. I applaud your effort because I know how difficult it could be for you especially whent the students are difficult on purpose.

Great blog!!
I understand where you re coming from because for the past 15 years I have been in the role of the student and I know that i've been impatient about getting my marks back and hating having to come back to school and I applaud you for your efforts.

Haha, I think your answer is for sure D. I'm still a student and it is frustrating for all involved when coming back from a break, especially Christmas. I just have to make myself take it one day at a time, which is easier said than done!

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