10 February 2014

Time Management? What is that?

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Since becoming an adjunct instructor (professor? teacher? who knows), I realized that never before have I needed to manage time as I do now. 

As someone who has never taught students before (beyond leading writing panels at anime conventions), I anticipated some situations, but definitely not all. 

I have just under 60 students altogether (technically less, but some of them are taking my lab in addition to my Composition classes) and I had no idea that grading would be so time-consuming. 

I've spoken to my coworkers and my fellow teachers from SHU (through the power of Facebook) and this is a legitimate issue that teachers have. Although I'm happy to know I'm not the only one who spends 30, 45, or 60 minutes per student per paper, I still don't know how to make the process more efficient. 

On top of that, I've neglected many things while I navigate through the wonders of adjunct teaching. My social media, author platform, and certainly this website, have all fallen by the wayside. Creative writing has fallen by the wayside, although I somehow managed to submit The Name and the Key to a writing competition that will offer publication or cash, whichever we choose (Because submissions are supposed to be anonymous, I am not listing the contest unless I have good news about it).  My webcomic has halted, I have overdue projects on Deviant Art, and I haven't touched my harp in forever. My book, The Step and the Walk, has not grown in length beyond a single paragraph.
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I managed to escape to Ohayocon during the final weekend of January, but no one has known about it because I've been so busy. Actually, if I would've known how difficult and slow grading papers would be (in addition to bad weather and Ohayocon's poor handling of autograph sessions) I would've just bailed altogether and taken the financial loss from the con.  And whenever I attend conventions, I always do a huge write-up with photos, but I don't know when that's going to happen...I still have last June's Colossalcon to do!

Anyway, I hope the next time I can come up for air, I'll have something truly helpful, awesome, or celebratory to say here. In the words of Ron Burgundy, "Stay classy, San Diego." Or..."Planet Earth!"