In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Work and Breaks

Yesterday I had a nasty neckache after a whole day of lecture - apparently the stress was making me hunch over the whole time. I paid for that the rest of the night, still feeling it today.

I don't have so many students this year, so I can make sure that every one of them understands what I'm teaching. It also means that my teaching goes significantly faster ...or maybe I just teach fast. Probably the latter. Anyway, I finished my lecture content way ahead schedule.

Problem to fill in the time? Nah. I've got lots of other related stuff I can teach as well. Just give them a quick exercise and I can pull out a presentation on...

"Teacher.... enough lar!"

Eh?

At which point the students start lamenting how few breaks I've been giving and how (although the content is very relevant and they understand what I'm teaching) I have been trying to pour too much information into their heads in too short a space of time. Apparently I'm one of the most gruelling lecturers they have who gives breaks that are too short and too infrequent.

"Curi-curi a bit lar... you see, you also get so tired at the end of the lecture!"

Hrm. Good point. Why torture the students and myself so much?

Personally, I think it's spillover from my work as a teacher. I'm too used to a hectic, almost completely filled work schedule with little to no breaks for the whole time I'm at work. Maybe that's why I'm so tired after work. And why work is so time consuming and I'm not able to keep in touch with my friends and family when work starts to pile in.

I miss everyone. :(