Archive for September 4th, 2013

Don’t look now

Okay, we are definitely in everything-is-my-problem territory now.  ABD Guy came in after school to hammer out an essay topic for the regular senior class.  The phone rang; it was the head of the high school, letting me know that Dinah had a death in the family and had to leave without preparing anything for her sub tomorrow.  I finished up the meeting with ABD Guy and set about figuring out what Dinah’s classes could do with a sub that would keep them at least marginally on track with the syllabus.  She was going to give them some Frankenstein background in one class, so I’m having them read a Gale overview for that.  In the other, they were going to talk about love in 1984, and I don’t know enough about what she had in mind to help there, so I put together a quick handout of three love poems that seemed to speak to the topic (Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “How do I love thee,” Heaney’s “Scaffolding,” Millay’s “Love Is Not All”).  In particular, “Love Is Not All” feels quite different when considered against 1984.  Here is the sestet:

It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution’s power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.

Then I had to finish prepping my own class for tomorrow morning, and deal with a few other miscellaneous things before I could leave.  Fortunately, the Snork Maiden was off with Stubb at a saxophone lesson (she asked to take a few of these before auditions for the jazz ensemble) and I didn’t have to consult anyone else’s convenience in the matter.

But whew.  I was also the recipient of visits today by Romola (to talk about creative writing club), Dr. Tea (to talk about our shared AP Lit course), Ph.D. Guy (to talk about an issue with a student group), and a few students for different reasons.  And I taught four classes.

I need, though, to start reaching out to the people who aren’t in the habit of dropping in, and just touch base.  The GGE recommended that I make some informal, brief visits to classes early on, so tomorrow I’m going to finish letting people know that I’m doing that, and I’ll start next week.  (I think he’s right–it shows that I am not shy about popping in–but it also gives me a chance to make positive contact and positive comments before the real evaluation visits begin.)