>Hee. I’m a poet.
Seriously, since I’ve decided the raison d’etre of this blog is to describe what this particular professor does all day, here’s a sketch of what I did yesterday:
- Worked on the syllabus for my early English literature class
- And also:
- quickly mailed some overdue holiday presents
- quickly deposited Christmas money
- turned in two completed syllabuses* for photocopying
- e-mailed the junior high teacher with whom I’m working on teaching The Hobbit
- did a 45-minute run
- But mostly: worked on the syllabus for my early English literature class
Ack! Why oh why does it take all day long to do one bleepin’ syllabus?! Is it because the formatting is slow (I am anal about making sure there aren’t page breaks in the midst of a day’s list of assignments)? Is it because looking up page numbers in the editions and ISBN numbers and all that is tedious? Or is it that I’m like New Kid, hopefully tweaking the policies sections to cover every possible problem (late papers, plagiarism, cell phones in class, absenteeism, blah, blah, blah) in order to nip it in the bud before it blossoms? Or could it have something to do with the fact that I re-tool and overhaul my courses every time I teach them (except Chaucer — I found a rhythm I like in that one)? Or all of the above?
And btw, is there a program or a plug-in for making syllabuses* that makes the dates automatic, a bit like using the “repeat” function on Palm software? Because I swear, typing in the dates takes up about half the work.
*From now on this blog will use “syllabuses” as the plural of “syllabus.” I’m making a stand. The word is fully Anglicized and therefore open to forming its plural through analogy to the most common English morphology for plurals of words ending in -s. And anyway, my American Heritage Dictionary says I’m not the only one — it lists “syllabuses” before “syllabi.”