that mid-semester haze

17Oct07

it’s been a while since i’ve blogged, for a few reasons.  the past few weeks have been a bit difficult for me personally and i don’t want this blog to be a chronicle of my personal problems, so i’ve had little to say.  but also i am hitting that mid-semester haze where i’m just trying to make it to fall break with the least harm done.

this semester i’ve been teaching for the first time and i have to say that i really love it.  there’s something really great about the moment when proper discussion really happens, where students are engaged with the material, with each other, and with you.  it’s a moment i don’t think i ever saw in college, in part b/c the history department at my undergrad institution didn’t do discussion sections except for the largest of classes (classes i never took).  so even in seminars, the time was often spent still listening to the teacher teach and discussion didn’t happen in the same way that it does here.

i do love teaching but i’m also at the point where my interest in the material as well as their interest has started to wane.  of course, i’m just a TA so i have no choice in what the students read.  the course material itself also isn’t quite in my field of research (although not too far off).  so in some ways, it still has the feel of taking a course, even though the responsibility to know the material thoroughly is so much greater.

ah well.  fall break will be here soon enough but as always it won’t be restful in that true sense.

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One Response to “that mid-semester haze”

  1. Glad to hear that you’re enjoying the teaching! Welcome back.


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