Where Can I Find a 36 Hour Clock?
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Tired. That’s how I feel. I can’t remember the last time I was so happy to see the end of the ‘work week’. On Wednesday, Kristy asked me when I am going to stop pacing around. I told her, ‘when I have a routine’.
Friday I came home and took a nap for a couple hours, got up at 6 pm, took the boys to the football game, picked them up when it was over, came home and went to bed. I’m not sure if I even moved the entire night.
My classes this term are pretty aggressive and Monday and Wednesday are especially tough. I actually have 4 hours of classroom time those days- Fitness Assessment and Prescription Field Techniques (2 hours), Lifetime Health and Fitness and Effective Learning. Follow that with an hour and a half internship, which I am doing in the Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Center (TERC).
Tuesday and Thursday I only have two classes but both are two hours each, Strength Training and Conditioning Principles in the a.m. and Anatomy and Kinesiology in the p.m. Friday is easy-Lifetime Health and Fitness and Effective Learning back to back. Somewhere in the midst of all that I’m supposed to do three hours of PE per week (minimum) at my ‘convenience’. However, the time that is most convenient for me is when the Fitness Education Center (FEC) is closed for classes. So I’m going to have to be creative on that.
OK enough whining, you’ll be entertained to know that I had my own little hell week so it was very lucky for me that we didn’t actually start classes until Tuesday. Also fortunate for me, I am the early-bird type and since all my classes (except Friday) start at 8 a.m., I have no problems finding parking. Enrollment at the college is up 27% this year so accommodating all the people, let alone the parking, has been a challenge.
All of my instructors jumped right into their lectures after reviewing the syllabus. I turned in my first assignment two days early, which was for TERC, and it was personal/professional goal setting in a variety of areas. As usual, Kristy gave me a hard time about how stressed I was over such a ‘little’ paper, but I wanted to set legitimate goals that would really help me to improve some of my weaknesses, but since I don’t have any...just kidding.
I had tons of reading to do for every class and that was a struggle. Actually, time wise, there probably was enough. The problem was the constant interruptions, having to stop to pick up kids or deal with dogs…or eat. I stayed up as late as I could and still comprehend what I was reading, which put me to bed around 10:30 each night. Up at 5 each morning to either finish from where I left off, or to start my reading for the next class.
There is the learning curve of having to find the right handouts and information on the Moodle site, which is how the instructors distribute most assignments and guidelines. That slowed me down quite a bit, but I think I’ve got it nailed down now.
On Wednesday morning I told Kristy how excited I was because not only were all of my classes in the same building, but my 11 o’clock and 12 o’clock classes were back to back in the same classroom. Ya for me. But it was not to be. I had written down the wrong location of my second class. I figured out which building it was in, but none of the rooms had schedules posted outside so I didn’t want to just pop into each one until I found it. Yeah, I missed that one all together. So I moodle-mailed the instructor telling her I was a dumb ass and to please not drop me because I would be in the right place at the right time on Friday. She didn't get my message, though, and that is a whole other story (and not my mistake).
Thursday I had my first test in Anatomy and Kinesiology. I was pretty stressed on that but I had hooked up with a classmate to study during my three-hour break before class and it worked out nicely. For that particular class, we will be having a pre-test every Tuesday, so we have scheduled a study room at the library to prepare each week. It was a big relief to have that piece taken care of.
Thursday evening I spent reading and completing my first assignment for Lifetime Health, which was due Friday. I finished it, got it printed out and put everything together and was in bed by 10:45. I was so proud of myself, had it all ready to hand in and while I was looking over the assignment schedule to see what was next, I realized that assignment is not actually due until NEXT Friday. Ugh, well now I have time to review it again and I can still turn it in early and get extra credit! Woo Hoo.
There were a couple other hoops…and snags but I’m feeling pretty confident now about what the expectations are, and that I will have that routine that I so desire all worked out by next week. Maybe then I can stop pacing.