Sanity days

We're coming up on week 10 here. The students are dragging more than a little bit, and I'm not far behind. Some teacher - I think perhaps my ultra-cool, funny 6th grade English teacher - once confessed that in teaching, they always programmed in sanity days for themselves and the students.

This was advice I took to heart; usually we call them research days - or in the terms when I plan to be on the job market, I've got a few days in to help deal with those. The monkeys are doing well, but they're flagging. The discontinuity between all freshmen and all seniors is making my head hurt. And the weather is changing.

I think it might well be time to pull one out of the hat.

p.s. I joined FaceBook, and I'm so very, very afraid. More on this soon, I'm sure.

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Samantha said...

I suppose "sanity days" in school are tantamount to "mental health days" at work ... the only difference being one is specifically sanctioned and the other isn't (you just call in sick).

So, are you going to offer sanity days if you end up teaching that new grad course? :)

October 26, 2007 at 10:19 AM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

There are too many "ifs" involved to say - it's a hypothetical course that hasn't been fit into my rotation in any meaningful way yet. So I couldn't predict what would happen in that course.

I don't mean to imply that I always give them to a class, just that they are there if needed, and in this term right now, I think one may be needed.

October 26, 2007 at 11:29 AM