Well I'm in the thick of it -- there's about three weeks left in the semester and I have three courses I'm trying to wrap up simultaneously. What will a life without classes be like next semester? (I'm predicting: awesome!)
Next up on the "to do" is I need to craft a final essay analysis prompt for my History of Criticism class. We aren't allowed to use any outside research (crazy, right?!), but anything on the syllabus is "game." I know this might sound crazy to those of you who have heard me complain about him a bit, but during class discussion the other day I found myself super super engaged with Kant. I may want to write something that tests out his theory of the judgment of taste, but we'll see -- I'll have to take myself out for a coffee this weekend and sit and ponder that idea.
For my pedagogy class, it's really about executing some revisions to earlier drafts of portfolio pieces and then assembling the portfolio. I've been ahead of the work for this class, so aside from writing up an observation I need to go to next week, all the heavy lifting is done -- it's about fine tuning and compiling at this point. And I need to get a present for my person in the secret gift exchange -- must find a "good" dollar store (we're only allowed to spend $5).
And along with this are the courses I'm teaching, which I'd actually prefer not to go into at this point because they are stressing me out a little bit. Just too many balls in the air this week -- I'm pretty good at juggling, but after I push some other "things" off my plate this weekend I'll feel much better (I think). My goal: go into the Thanksgiving holiday ready to relax, drink, eat, be merry, and not think about work for 48 hours.