Wednesday I finished my semester's masterpiece, "A Sociolinguistic Approach to Teaching Academic Literacy to ESL Students."
But there was no time to catch my breath after finishing that big paper. The very same day there was an all-day teacher training to attend, a crash course in the nitty-gritty details of teaching composition at our university.
There are seven of us, brand-spanking-new university teachers, colleagues I will be seeing a lot of come fall.
It is the strangest thing, this university life. There is no permanence to it; people come and go-- your classmates, your colleagues, your students.
Half of my graduate program cohort is graduating tomorrow, and half of us have another semester to go. The people without children blazed through, while the parents are doing it at a different pace. A couple of my undergraduate friends are graduating too. All in all, I have seven friends graduating.
The energy is building on campus, as you can imagine. As I was driving away today-- from the second all-day teacher training session-- the traffic was unpleasant, out-of-towners doing erratic things at all the intersections. I was happy to get out of there.
There will be no more of those trainings again until August, until which I have to plan out my class, plan each day's lesson, write the syllabus, choose the readings. The powers that be have assigned us a textbook from which to choose readings. I had different ideas, but I think I can make this work.
For summer work, I am applying at the Immersion English Language Institute, where I hope to teach English to foreign students. I never did hear back from CR, after submitting the best resume, cover letter, references and transcript of my life, they never even called me in for an interview. I am still not sure what to make of that.
So life moves forward. I will be glad when the festivities of graduation, the receptions and parties, are over so I can breathe the huge sigh of relief that I survived yet another semester of grad school. One more class and a thesis to go. I'm tired.