Do you happen to be a new Instructor teaching your first term? If so, today's post is for you.
I remember my first term. It was brutal. Truly, brutal. With five sections of students, I taught four unique courses into four different programs between two campuses. I was overwhelmed. Perhaps you are too?
During my first term, after a full day on campus, I still had lots of prep and marking to do in the evening. With a young family at home, I have a personal boundary that I don't do school work in front of my kids; the evening is family time. Personally, I choose to do it once they are sleeping. Here's how I made it work that first semester. When we put our then 2-year old to bed around 7:30, I was so exhausted I would fall asleep with her in her bed. My husband would wake me up a few hours later. Then, I'd work until 1 or 2 in the morning, go back to sleep, and do it all over again the next day. I would even cram prep and marking in during her afternoon naps on Saturday and Sunday. My husband used to tease me, "How do you like working for less than minimum wage?"
Sound familiar? If you're a new Instructor committed to teaching for learning, I bet it does. While our goal in this blog is not to share war stories, we do want to offer a weekly dose of encouragement.
So, looking back, here's what I would say to myself if I was starting out again.
To all the new faculty: Thank you for the work you are doing to teach for learning. There is a community of Instructors at RRC who want to encourage and support you. Talk to each other. Talk to us. Let's connect!
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