Archive for December 4, 2009

Up to the Challenge?

A few days ago, Mary issued a challenge on her blog: to write three poems before the new year.  I think that is a reasonable goal.  I’m up to the challenge in spite of the craziness in my life right now.

This past week has been a frenzy of one-on-one student conferences, revising sessions, and last-minute meetings.  I only have one week of classes left plus finals week and then I am off for the holidays.  I know that I am spoiled with the academic schedule, but I really can’t wait until I have a day where I can sleep in to noon and not feel guilty.  Still, I’m thankful for my job and for my students and for the people I work with…I can honestly say that I am never bored.  For example, this past week, I did the following activities: I tried to convince a student that yes, it would be cool to read a poem about his work in a dogfood factory.  I worked with at least three students on writing sestinas.  I showed part of Sicko in my composition class.  I had a discussion with my colleague who teaches French about the positive merits of the new Star Trek movie (okay — not very academic, but it was fun). I also had another discussion with a colleague about Emily Galvin’s book Do the Math. Finally, I rewrote part of my assessment document for the college’s accreditation process. (Okay — that was not so fun, but I got to work with two fun math colleagues who really do see the world in a different way). Oh, and we watched as the New York Government once again slashed budgets for the community colleges.  Not fun — but we are in survival mode here in Western New York, and we are almost used to the government ignoring us.

Yes, writing three poems does sound good, here!