At least I’m trying. I’m putting the frustrating experience with Symantec and Norton behind me for the moment (I don’t know how I will reverse the stupid changes I just made AGAIN to my computer) and focusing on HAPPY THOUGHTS.
Let’s see . . . classes today were ok. My first group really liked the interactive assessment for their current reading chapter on evolution. They have to choose one of the first four topics, read the assigned information and then summarize it. There were a few problems at first, but by half way through the class, they all wanted to come back to the computer lab to finish it. Too bad! Tomorrow they will have a practice test, so they will have to finish on their own time. One of my Russian students offered to help me buy the internet security software he used to sell for about $10 US — after tonight, I think I will take him up on the offer.
My grammar class is moving along at a faster pace than usual. The Tagik girl is the only one who puts her head on the desk in slumber, but I think it’s not because of me. We are plowing throught chapters at an amazing pace. I was happy to see today that they already know (books closed) quite a bit about the topic covered in the next two chapters. It’s quite difficult to cover all of the required material with an average class. This one is turning out to be that jewel of a class — they keep up and push forward — except for the sleepyheads — but even they do ok on tests.
My writing class is a disaster. There is a division — some took writing last time, some didn’t — so it’s as if I have two different groups in the same class. The ones who took writing last time have finished their book. The ones who didn’t, bought it new. They are evenly divided. Added on top of that, their grammar teacher lost it early on in the semester and was frantically covering points without explaining anything. It came to a head, and I volunteered to help her teach that group grammar. CRAP. (Why did I do that? So a big group of students wouldn’t complain about a teacher — as they were threatening to do. Would any of my colleagues do that for me? HELL NO. I still get blamed for leaving doors unlocked when I wasn’t even in the building . . .) I asked the students who had taken writing before to choose a new topic. Of course, one didn’t. He turned in a near perfect essay the day after I assigned it. That was the first essay. What could I do? With the second essay, he did the same thing. When I pointed out that I couldn’t do that myself — given that we both work and have responsibilitites, it is nearly impossible to turn in a near perfect essay — his response was to pout. BAAWAHH. Then two in a row claimed that they had given me papers and I had not returned them. Wait. Wait. That’s an easy ploy. The first kept claiming that he had given me the paper. Well, yes he had. I HAD GIVEN IT BACK TO HIM MARKED UP IN RED. After repeated denials, he found the paper and started his corrections. No apology. But that’s ok. Then within seconds, another student claimed he had given me his take home test. I went all the way to my office to check. When I came back, he showed me the paper. He had had it all along, of course. Since I am on probation, either of them could go and complain to my boss — who believes her sources only and not me — and I could lose my job. None care about that but me.
Oh yeah, happy stuff. I had lunch today with cats and one of his classmates. It was great. We went to Hungry International. Neither of them had eaten hummus before, but they loved it! (YaY!) It was fun eating and talking. Then we went down the street to a coffee shop to meet another frined (positive vibes for the chica. We talked about all sorts of things. It was invigorating and very fun. They all reminded me of one of the reasons I started writing this blog. I am very lucky to meet such exceptional people. I am so lucky to have the job I do because I get to meet the most interesting people from all over the planet. If I ever lost my job, I don’t know what I would do. The richness of life that they give me is irreplaceable. If I couldn’t interact with people like cats and our friends, I would simply crawl into a hole and stay there.
Put another way, I am privileadged to meet, for the most part, the most adventuous people on the planet. I know and appreciate that.
CATS!!!!! I will miss you. Please stay in touch. (See you Monday?)
I gave this web address to someone I saw today — if you stop by — just pick a name and cats and I will know, but no one else will . . . comment and let us know about you and that little girl we almost know.
In the end, I’m happy.