Transcript from #AdjunctChat on 12/10/13

Colouful speech bubblesThis is the transcript from #AdjunctChat on 12/10/13, and was facilitated by Virginia Yonkers @Comprof1.

The topic was Managing your commitments at the end of the semester.


From User Text Time
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat will start in 10 minutes. How to manage your commitments during this time of year. 12/10/2013 15:52:38
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat so it seems many people are busy today.  Where is everyone in their semester? 12/10/2013 16:00:42
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat I’ve started my final grading. 12/10/2013 16:03:07
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat hopefully people are not over whelmed.  I try to front load my courses so most work is in 1st 2/3 of class. Still have a lot 12/10/2013 16:05:26
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat it doesn’t appear as if there is any one but myself online so I’m going to just throw out a bunch of questions anyone can ans 12/10/2013 16:10:36
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat besides grading what are some of the things you need to do at the end of the semester? 12/10/2013 16:11:38
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat are there any strategies you use to help manage the workload?  I don’t hand back finals so I just write a quick note for grade 12/10/2013 16:14:52
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat I also use Edmodo for assignments. It has a very easy grade book. 12/10/2013 16:17:30
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat how do you handle the last minute student requests as they realize the sem is done and they may not be able to meet with you? 12/10/2013 16:20:42
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 I’ve spent an entire semester sticking by my rules. Sure, maybe a few students will have excuses. But not many. #AdjunctChat 12/10/2013 16:21:49
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat do you give I completes?  Why or why not? How do you handle I completes if you are not returning the following semester? 12/10/2013 16:22:02
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 I’ve never encountered incompletes, to be honest. Mostly I just hand down grades. I do consider grade changes though. #AdjunctChat 12/10/2013 16:23:50
@Comprof1 @IshaiBarnoy what role (if any) do student evaluations at this time of yr play in stress levels #adjunctchat 12/10/2013 16:24:33
@IshaiBarnoy #AdjunctChat I don’t have big answers for managing workload, sorry. I’ll tell you what someone told me: No more than four essays! 12/10/2013 16:24:55
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat None, this semester. I was told I could do evals at the 2/3 mark, and I did. Great relief. I plan to do so again. 12/10/2013 16:25:46
@Comprof1 @IshaiBarnoy the process for grade change is so tough at our school it is easier to give incompletes. #AdjunctChat 12/10/2013 16:25:48
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat Yeah, it’s not ideal at my school either. To be sure, it’s probably a school-by-school issue. 12/10/2013 16:26:41
@Comprof1 @IshaiBarnoy I actually don’t give final exams. Final papers w/drafts due 4 weeks before. So easier to grade. #AdjunctChat 12/10/2013 16:27:41
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat I still have to find my happy medium. Finishing w/assts before 2/3 mark would be disastrous, tho. All focus gone. 12/10/2013 16:28:33
@Comprof1 @IshaiBarnoy learned one year not to give Evans as same day give back tests/project! #AdjunctChat 12/10/2013 16:29:05
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat What do you do for four weeks in class, then? Presentations? 12/10/2013 16:29:06
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat I mean, yeah, that’s a solution already: Presentations. So it’s not an unsolvable problem. 12/10/2013 16:29:39
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat how do you balance personal life demands w/ school this time of year? #AdjunctChat 12/10/2013 16:30:07
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat Poorly. 12/10/2013 16:30:46
@Comprof1 @IshaiBarnoy I teach communication courses so we do a lot of in class activities. Fall is not bad but spring is brutal w/ sr. #AdjunctChat 12/10/2013 16:31:52
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat I did finish memorizing one of two short plays I’ll be doing in the spring. 12/10/2013 16:31:57
@Comprof1 @Comprof1 after 20 yrs my family knows it’s a tough time for me. But still they don’t understand why “pt job” requires so much #AdjunctChat 12/10/2013 16:33:56
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat Very cool. I need to expand my collection of in-class activities that seem both necessary and meaningful. 12/10/2013 16:34:14
@Comprof1 @IshaiBarnoy do you feel it gives you an excuse to get away from grading (doing other work) #AdjunctChat 12/10/2013 16:35:28
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat Sure! But different types of busywork aren’t really “getting away.” Rehearsing w/others is better. More “real.” 12/10/2013 16:36:38
@Comprof1 @IshaiBarnoy I always have the last class be something reflective. Give back something they did first class so they see prgrss #AdjunctChat 12/10/2013 16:37:11
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat Performing would be even better than that. But I’m just starting out. Keeping objectives organized is hard/necessary. 12/10/2013 16:37:39
@Comprof1 @IshaiBarnoy do you find end of term is most isolating? #AdjunctChat I do because I have office at work but end of term at home 12/10/2013 16:38:45
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat My last class was cancelled today. It ends up last week’s class was more reflective. So, yeah, that was good luck. 12/10/2013 16:39:38
@Comprof1 @IshaiBarnoy assuming you teach drama or theater? Might have first class do a piece as ice breaker, end w/ same piece. #AdjunctChat 12/10/2013 16:40:57
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat Yes, quite isolating. But one class strangely matured into a real community just days ago. I’m still riding on pride. 12/10/2013 16:41:29
@Comprof1 @IshaiBarnoy snow? #adjunctchat 12/10/2013 16:41:35
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat No, I teach FYC, like all the other clowns. I’ve even had the poetry workshops go down the tubes. No more workshops. 12/10/2013 16:43:00
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat Yeah, snow. Great for sleeping in and sledding. Bad for bookkeeping. 12/10/2013 16:43:36
@Comprof1 @IshaiBarnoy my last class yesterday was bummed it was the last class! Surprising because I didn’t think they liked class! #AdjunctChat 12/10/2013 16:43:45
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat I would teach drama. Then again, it’d be better to just do drama. Performing is best. Some teaching comes close, tho. 12/10/2013 16:45:10
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat well, I need to end now. Hope others can jump into the discussion this week if they have time! #AdjunctChat 12/10/2013 16:45:23
@IshaiBarnoy @Comprof1 #AdjunctChat Good luck grading. 12/10/2013 16:46:50
@IshaiBarnoy Hey, anybody left listening to #AdjunctChat today? We could turn these last 10 minutes into #AdjunctChat : Fart Joke Edition. 12/10/2013 16:51:05
@IshaiBarnoy Alright, closing up #AdjunctChat. Have fun grading. Don’t have too much coffee or candy. 12/10/2013 16:58:43

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