I am super busy these days so it is hard to conclude this project right now. I’ll have to delay the closing and conclusions by a few days.
I am working on this thing too late in the evening. I am very sleepy, and I have to get up by seven so as to leave and go to the subbing job by eight o'clock tomorrow morning.
Things keep coming up and I continue to have technical issues. For instance, I learned that some of my teaching data was missing from the system. I was in the middle of my last student interview this afternoon around three o’clock when I started getting frantic calls from a department assistant. There was an urgent request. In processing my human resources file, an administrator had discovered that none of my student consultations of the entire academic year were logged on the system. Consultations are a record of extra time helping a student outside basic class activities. I had not clicked on enough buttons, apparently, to save and store my data. It turns out that there had been a procedural change from the previous year to this one, one which obviously had escaped my notice. After dispensing with the marking and logging of oral test scores this afternoon, I therefore had to launch into some catch up activity in order to log all the consultations. Luckily, there was a way to get it done quickly using paper forms. My memory of my work being clear in my mind, I just had to cut and paste student names from certain classes, indicate the date and type of consultative practices beside the names and sign off the forms. It took me over two hours.
As I was doing this paperwork, it occurred to me that I do extensive exchanges with students. I check over piles of homework or in-class practice activities that spills outside the formal class time and into my break and office time. I am constantly checking workbook activities, diaries, practice compositions and giving feedback through every semester. I talk a lot with individual students and give suggestions, feedback and encouragement all the time. I therefore felt entitled to just take an entire class list of English major students, pick a date and chart it out. Presto, 100 lines of real consultations, 50 for this and 50 for the previous semester, were accounted for. That record of all those consultations this past year is another indication of success and accomplishment for me.