January 7, 2013
I have a trend, I tend to post a few blogs early each semester and then stop. Not enough time. Nothing interesting to write about. etc etc etc.
I’ve also said it before that I would do better to write a bit m ore often. Once again I’ll make this ‘resolution.’ Maybe this time I’ll actually follow through.
For now, I’ll just share what I am looking forward to this spring semester. I am looking forward to what looks like an excellent student make-up in my experimental psychology course. I’m changing up some of the ways that I relay material (less direct instruction, more ‘constructivist’ methods) and I am hopeful that this will make the course more engaging for the students. Strangely, each spring I look forward to teaching stat. It’s a class not loved by most students, but I do get to have a lot of student contact with the activities and worksheets. I’m looking forward to finalizing my sub-committee’s section of our HLC self-study. This is a task that though extremely important, I would love to have off my plate! I’m looking forward to ‘hopefully’ having a good solid draft of a new curriculum by the end of this semester. It’s been a bit of a slog this year, this semester we MUST make some decisions and get this concrete. I REALLY look forward to when the revision of the curriculum is over! Again, important work – don’t get me wrong – but it is mentally and emotionally taxing because of the political nature of curriculum reform.
Perhaps more importantly though I look forward to working with my research students on their senior thesis projects. This is one of the great joys of my job and I love the point when the student gets to the end of the process, presents his or her research to others, and I can see that they can see the great accomplishment that they have made. I am hopeful that many will chose to present at a regional conference this year.
So what am I not looking forward to…well the usual: grading homework, giving detailed feedback on writing, long hours,early mornings, meetings, college politics, problem-child students. In my mind this is actually what they pay me to do…..the rest I would do for free if I were independently wealthy.
I guess one last thing to look forward to. For the new semester I get a new haircut and color. I also plan sometime to add a bit to my wardrobe with the gift cards I received for Christmas. Pretty things are always something to look forward to sharing!