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Thursday, October 14

A quick post about teaching

I must resist the temptation to spend any significant amount of time blogging this semester. However, there are a few things people might find interesting:

My recitation website. Teaching is taking up a good deal of my time this semester, but it's a much more rewarding experience than the TA assignments I had last year. I am a 'recitation leader' for an elementary computer programming course, which means that I take a group of 19 students through the hands-on part of the course, set their homework each week, and grade it. I'm actually quite proud of the homework and in-class exercises I've been writing, so I thought I'd show them off here.

For a teacher training course, I was asked to write an essay about my experience of being a foreign teaching assistant at Case. It's like blogging really—writing about my personal experience—only I think I've been more balanced and clear-headed than I usually am here. I thought it might be of interest to people, so I've decided to put the essay up on this site: my experiences as an International Teaching Assistant.

And finally, before I put this blog to sleep for another month or two, I'm mostly closing off the avenue of research I had been pursuing since I started here, and looking for something new to study. For the short term, this means going back to psychology journals and looking for a task to write a computer simulation of. I'm enjoying that, but finding it very hard to make any time for it at all, because the daily grind of coursework and bureaucracy continues to take up more of my time and energy than I would like it to. That is deeply frustrating, but rather than dwell on that point I would prefer to remind myself of the reason I'm persevering: I am fairly sure that if I can pass the quals the whole rhythm of work here will change for me, because I will only need to take one more course between next semester and graduation.
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