…should I even bother apologizing? At this point, I don’t think so.
Okay, it was a weird semester. That senior-itus I mentioned before hit with a vengeance, and I’m still working on feeling like a productive member of society. I predict bad teacher reviews this semester, but I’m trying to take my lumps, hoping someone learned something, and will call this my low point, and things will get better from here. Right? Right?
So what does that have to do with this blog? Nothing, really. But if I’m neglecting to give my students the proper attention, what made you guys think you had a prayer? But I’m going to try to turn this into a weekly thing, since I apparently really need a schedule. So I’ll try to post every week, to bestow upon you such wisdom as comes to me when I am strolling down the hall, feeling academic, and thinking “hmmm, I should bestow this on my blog.”
*Works on developing academic ego*.
I will share one of these wise thoughts, which came to me after I left my purse in someone’s car this morning:
Students, pay close attention to the garments of your adjunct. If she always dresses like a bum, she is either very comfortable, or she does not care. If she has been at the university for less than a year, she may still be laboring under the impression that she is your buddy. Take full and vicious advantage of this. If she always dresses nice, she is fully camouflaged, and you are screwed. You will actually have to pay attention to her face or something.
But here is the real secret. If she generally looks put together, like she brushed her hair and at least more often than not has made a passing acquaintance with a blazer and a pencil skirt, watch closely. If she comes to school in heels, with her hair nicely done and adorable shoes, she is fragile and breakable. Center-of-the-line folk, like myself, don’t over-state it too often. We do like to look nice, because it’s what you should do. But pencil skirts and heels are not comfortable. So if we show up like this is a job interview, we are drowning in insecurity or misery. If you are kind students, this is your chance to be sweet. Pay us a compliment, don’t talk while we are talking, try to say something that lets us know we are somewhat decent at our jobs.
If you are not kind, well, it’s a skirt/heels day today, so just imagine that you have the power to make us weep like small children, but we have the power to fail you. So consider carefully.
Now, I have to go make the all-important decision whether to grade presentations or eat lunch. This requires all my attention, which means that I will talk to you lovely folks later.
…if you’re actually still here.