Here we go

It’s going to be a busy summer. This week, I plan to continue work on developing my fall class. I’ve been planning out discussions, a few short lectures, and labs. To keep my programming skills sharp, I plan to work through my own exercises and I’ve devised a challenging project for myself.

I’m also attending 3 conferences, one a week from today, another just a few days after that and another less than two weeks later. I’m hoping those conferences bring me ideas for my work, but I do feel a bit overwhelmed by all of it. Still, I hope to take a real break after the last conference and not really think about work for a good 3 or 4 weeks.

Next summer, I think I’ll limit myself to just one conference. I’ll still be developing courses. That’s the blessing and the curse of building a new program. Even if I had courses in place, I’d still be making changes I’m sure. The pace is going to be different andd I’ll appreciate the downtime, a first for me in a job.

What was that about teachers not working in the summer?

2 Replies to “Here we go”

  1. Three conferences in such short order? Wow! You’re right to think about scaling back next year. You have a lot on your plate, but I know these will be fruitful exercises, even if a bit exhausting.

  2. I always say I’m going to limit myself in the summer, but have not yet found the secret of how to say no to exciting chances! I’ve got a three-day workshop next week and will be in Florida the week after for an NEH workshop that promises to be fantastic, but I anticipate feeling overwhelmed as well, not to mention the two summer projects I’m doing with colleagues and other assorted projects…..

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