right now I am being overwhelmed by school. I have five classes at two different community colleges.
Two classes at CC1 I have taught for the last six years. They are fairly easy to teach, though there is a lot of grading. They are composition classes after all.
Then at CC2 I am teaching a freshman comp and a freshman lit class. It doesnâ€™t matter that I have taught freshman comp for six years because I am using a new book. (That happened last semester at CC1.) And their requirements are different. So I am really flaying about trying to get my feet.
And I have a lit course which I must teach to follow their specifications, without a novel. (Totally different from at CC1 where we have a novel and the research paper is over that.) Iâ€™ve never taught the class without a novel. Itâ€™s quite a shock to my system.
I didnâ€™t want to spend a lot of time on drama, because I donâ€™t love it, but I have to have something the students can do their research papers on. So that means drama. But I did decide to throw out Othello; it is just too long. We are going to do Glaspellâ€™s Trifles instead and another short play. That gives us a lighter day and we can work on other aspects of the paper, etc.
I donâ€™t love working from new books. That is difficult, because I donâ€™t know how long things are going to take. But I am doing okay.
The worst part (besides grading for five classes and having to write syllabi for two new classes) is that Iâ€™ve messed up my grades. My MW freshman comp has gotten five grades. My TTh freshman comp class has only got twoâ€¦ I messed up and didnâ€™t give the TTh class the freewriting. I thought it was the MW class that was behind, so I gave them another freewriting on Monday. Ouch. Now Iâ€™ve got to catch the TTh class back up. That will be a struggle.