Yesterday was the last day of classes for the fall semester, so Finals Period has officially begun! I have been trying to strike a balance of work (classes and grading) and some fun, particularly holiday festivities.
On Tuesday, Kya and her new puppy Charlotte came over to watch Love Actually.
An escapee! Apparently, Charlotte did not care much for British Christmas films….
I also baked a ton of m&m cookies for my students and classmates. You know it’s the end of the semester when the TA office looks like this:
I planned to give some of the cookies out during my two-minute presentation in Korean class about my hobby (baking). However, as always happens during end-of-semester presentations, people do not respect the time limit and end up talking too long. 18 student presentations AND course evaluations in a 50-minute class? Nope, not happening. I didn’t get to present, and I was so grumpy about it that I ended up giving the cookies to my friends and officemates. Long-talkers don’t deserve cookies! (Though many students did respect the time limit.)
Seriously, though, why is this such a problem? Do people not understand the concept of a time limit? Giving a decent presentation while respecting the time limit is such a neglected skill in higher education, and we really do our students a disservice by allowing (some of) them to blather on like idiots, wasting everyone’s time. When I assign student presentations, I hold up a “one minute” warning sign and make it clear that I will cut students off mid-sentence or reduce their grade by ten points for every minute that they go over.
Speaking of students, here’s a class picture of me and my students. The class breakdown was three Koreans, two Vietnamese, seven Chinese.
…Also, can we talk about how busted up my classroom is?
Tonight was all about studying for my Korean final tomorrow night and…preparing to mail 20+ Christmas cards. (Also, you can see my attempts at making paper snowflakes and a pomander ball.)
This year, I’m taking Christmas seriously.