Posts Tagged ‘classes’

1st Day

August 31, 2010

Today is the first day for the classes that I teach at the college.  The start of a new semester brings with it a variety of feelings.  I did not get as much done over the summer break as I would have liked to get done.  So there is the vague sense of disappointment that there was more work to do, and more fun things to do,  that just didn’t get done.  There is the sense of weight that comes with the addition of weekly responsibilities that need to be squeezed into an already full schedule.  There is also a sense of hope and anticipation.  You see, I still enjoy teaching.  Even though I have been teaching the same courses, and the same basic material for years, every semester is different.  Each class is composed of a unique combination of students so that no two classes are alike.  It makes every semester a new experience.  My classes include discussion and I learn something new every semester.  I challenge my students to think…and they challenge me to think as well.  It is a learning experience for us all.

Today is the first day.

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Spring Break 2010

March 18, 2010

Spring break is not just for the students.  As a college instructor for over ten years, I can confidently say that faculty members also very much enjoy a little time off in the springtime.

Most years, for me, spring break means that, for a week, I can focus on my primary job, which is pastoring a church.  For this week, I have a little more time in my schedule.  I can catch up on a few items on my “to do” list. 

I can catch my breath. 

Today, here in eastern Iowa, it is supposed to be sunny and in the mid-sixties.  I will ride my bicycle to the church this morning, and this afternoon, for my exercise, I will both ride, and run outside.  It should be a beautiful afternoon for exercising outdoors.

A breath of fresh air!

Last week, I enjoyed a week with my son and his fiance, who were down for their spring break.  They are planning their upcoming wedding and are excited to begin their life together.  I suppose that you could say that they are in the springtime of their lives.

Excitement is in the air!

Spring break is good.  You don’t have to go to some far off location.  You certainly don’t have to party, and get drunk, and behave stupidly.  It is a wonderful opportunity to catch your breath, take a break, enjoy the changing seasons, relax a little, and refocus on what is important in your life.

New Semester

January 13, 2010

It is the start of a new semester at the college.  There will be a new group of students starting classes that will run until springtime.  In the beginning there is excitement, with some apprehension, over what the new semester will bring to their lives.

As a teacher, they are the same classes that I have been teaching for years, but there is always something different.  Every class has its own personality.  Some are better than others.  Some are a joy to teach.  Some are more of a challenge, than a joy. 

Some things are certain.  Both the students, and I, will learn something through the time spent in the classroom. Both the students and I will have to do some work.  Sometimes hard work.  Sometimes inconvenient work.  Some students will not complete the semester.  Most will.  Some students will not be happy with their final grades.  Most will.  (I think.)  The time will pass.  May will come.  This semester will be over, and, after a break, we will begin again.

Isn’t it great?