Maybe I should just stop checking my email

  • Our SA librarian is a very willing, upbeat, cheerful person, but she has difficulty taking the lead on a project and following through.  Since I became department chair, I get more email from her–often links to books and materials, which are usually pretty interesting, but about once a week I get an email from her about some new idea, asking my opinion on it.  There’s often a link to a website about some other school’s summer reading list, library-based writing center, or reading contest–hey, check this out!  The new ideas are usually very delightful and interesting, but as often as not, they are simply not things we can just go ahead and start doing at SA, like assigning every English teacher shifts in the writing center.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just that it would require a total reconfiguration of teacher workloads and duties, which is not something that the two of us can just decide to do.)  The email thread almost always includes a cheerful declaration that she is putting this project on her list!  or that it’s something she will do when she can hire another staff member!  or that she’d do this if she could get the support!  It is starting to look like a pattern.
  • One of my students emailed to say that he is applying for a postgrad year at a boarding school.  Guess what he needs?  A letter of recommendation from his current English teacher.  Number 25 for the academic year.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bardiac on January 9, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Ugh about the first.

    But the second? I don’t understand. Would this be like a super senior year of high school? In hopes of raising GPA? Getting certain classes? Raising test scores? Being overseas?


    • Posted by meansomething on January 9, 2014 at 5:24 am

      In this case, I think it’s the hope of building a stronger academic record, to improve college admission chances. This student started at SA as a junior and, three semesters later, does not have a very strong academic record. It might be a backup plan in case he’s not happy with his college results. This is only the second time I’ve heard of someone doing this, so I’m not entirely clear on the concept either.


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