I am forging ahead with the development of the graduate course on curriculum development. I began the tedious task of photocopying the first batch of excerpts of my sources. When I got tired of that, I took a break to have some ice tea, then started creating the Power Point lecture notes. I have completed the Power Point presentation notes for the first two classes.
It will be so much better to have all my presentations prepared and handouts laid out before the semester even starts. It is so time-consuming during the semester that the profs leading the grad courses regularly complain as they crank out lectures and materials week by week. I remember how onerous it was for me when I taught a grad course for the first time, and it was a complicated subject: an introduction to socio-linguistics basically. I enjoyed learning and talking about it, but it was difficult to teach anyway, and it is always hard teaching the Korean grad TESOL students. Now, I have a much better idea of how to go about it and I intend to be very well prepared.
All the English department support staff are working throughout the summer. They generally expect that the foreign teaching staff take off to go travel for a lot of the summer, so they asked me about my travel plans. They would know who intends to travel, for they receive our travel forms reporting where and when we are going outside the country, and the absence of a form from me would stand out, especially since I usually go away to Canada for a few weeks each summer. They would probably prefer that we were all out of their hair. They do not have much work to do during this season, and I think they like it like that. Well, I was just using the photocopier and checking my mailbox.
I am glad I have this academic project to work on nowadays. The weather is often very pissy, for one thing. For another, the summer daytime TV programming, which seemed good at the beginning of July, is steadily going downhill. Some of my favorite programs are disappearing but some of my most hated, such as "CSI Miami" and "Criminal Minds". As for the indie films channel, Sundance, they are mostly reruns and the quality series I was getting into are now off the air. That lacuna and the dullness of being inside this little room so much are motivating me to forge ahead with my work and escape to the campus to do so.
It is quiet on campus, as the summer session is over and there are no student camps. Most of the stores and restaurants on campus are closed. All the same, I can go there as much and whenever I want. It kind of extends my domestic territory to be able to access the campus. I do not know whether the campus gym doors will be closed in August. I hope not.