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An apple for the teacher?

Good morning! It's the first day of the new semester here, but it barely feels like it. For one, I'm only teaching one class, which is a graduate seminar on qualitative research methods (the "touchy-feely stuff" that social scientists get criticized for, like interviews and archival work and participant observation and such). For another, I have a fellowship for the spring semester, so I won't be teaching then, and I'm planning on taking a year-long sabbatical next year, so I won't be teaching any undergraduates for the next two years. (!) It's very strange. Instead, I will live vicariously through Mr. Z, who will be teaching calculus to 250 freshmen at 8 A.M., and then again at 9 A.M. (!!) He claims to enjoy it, but I just think he's weird. ♥

What's also different about this semester is that I'm going to be on the other side of the lectern! Faculty and staff can take courses for free, and I never had the time for it because, well, tenure. But I've always wanted to take advantage of that perk, and since I'm planning on this study abroad course in Barcelona next spring and know about as much Spanish as your average Sesame Street viewer, I've signed up for Intensive Beginning Spanish. Which also starts today, so I have two ways to be nervous, yay! (Also, damn, textbooks are expensive.)

I still need to post pics from my weeks in the mountains, and from the two baseball games I got to go to in August, including a really fun one with dugindeep. But for now, it's off to school...

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wendy
Aug. 27th, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
I know you will be amazing!
cherie_morte
Aug. 27th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
Ay, que bueno! Tu vas a hablar con mi hientes!!
dugindeep
Aug. 27th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
There are times I miss school and learning fun things, and then I think about having to be up for 8am classes and cringe. And then I realize I have to be up for 8am work and I'm not sure which is worse. LOL!

But anyway! Yay for first day of school and I still think that class sounds ultra cool. I would love to take any of your classes, they always sound so interesting!

deirdre_c
Aug. 27th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Oooh. I did a bunch of that qualitative squishy stuff for my dissertation and in fact I co-authored an article on semiotic analysis a few years back (although currently I'm all about the number crunching, yo). I would really love to see your syllabus, if you're up for sharing via email!

Good luck with Spanish. Kick it in the ass!
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