nothing earth shattering, but enough to keep my mind active in the middle of the night, wondering about all the possibilities, potential problems, and other excitement....
i got asked to teach a section of eng.101 at byuh. i feel like i should properly punctuate this post, but i'm not gonna.
anyway, i will teach this fall semester, which starts sept.17th. initially i was shocked and flattered, but thought "there's no way" since i have two very young children and i want to be home with them. i dont like to leave them, i dont want to be away from them, i quit my job as a supervisor even when we needed the money so i could be home all day with my kids, teaching them, nurturing our relationship...etc. i dont want whomever i leave them with to be put out, overwhelmed, or annoyed with me.... so i thought, "that's really nice. i would love it. i'm not going to do it."
then i got more information and found out my class is MWF from 7:30-8:30am. hmmmm.... that is doable. we are up anyway, thomas can plan to not leave for work until then, my friends dee and sarah and echo have volunteered as back-ups if my mother-in-law cant be thomas' back-up in the event of an emergency, but really it's only for one hour so that shouldnt even be necessary. i probably wont even have to leave milk for asher. i live 5 minutes or less from campus. i can be back before our day really even starts so it wont interrupt preschool, beach day, play-dates, or any of our other normal adventures and activities. i have an office i can use, but i am not required to have office hours since i am a special instructor and not a professor. it can be by email or appointment if my students need me. and it pays pretty good, oh, and have i mentioned that i love english?
ok, so i'm going to do it. i really think it was meant to be for us right now and if i didnt do it.... i would probably be really mad at myself.
this morning i got to go observe another eng101 class on campus and i was on fire by the time i left! it was so fun and i just got really pumped to have my own students, class and get to be a part of the university community again three mornings a week!
so now i just have to choose a textbook, plan out my syllabus, and brush up on all the grammar and MLA rules that i tried to erase out of my mind upon graduating! and that's the scary part for me. this is a freshman class and by time they leave they should be able to know all the rules and write at a college level and be able to analyze a text...etc. and so i feel a little inadequate, but i know it will be really good for me and i am up for the task. when i got hired i was told that creating a good syllabus and preparing these students for the rest of their college writing would be a balancing act, but i am going to give it my best shot.
so, yep, that's my life update. i am nervous and excited and really happy about it.
the end. :)