Grading/Teaching Progress

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Well, I met my first major grading deadline yesterday and my minor one today (for graduating seniors) with little difficulty. Usually I cut it much closer than I have been this semester. I finished the stuff for yesterday before 10pm the night before the deadline, which gave me the whole day to get the archaic grade sheet in to where it needed to be. I finished my Le Moyne seniors today with almost two hours to spare, and since Le Moyne is technologically up to date I didn't even have to leave my office.

I'm now about 40% of the way through my exams and papers (by number of people, and since they have roughly the same amount of work that's fair), and the final deadline for the rest is a little over 49 hours away. My grading to other things ratio will need to be a little higher than it's been if I want to make it to the one event on my schedule between now and then, but I'm now at the point where I'm moving much more quickly after grading an entire class of exams and papers that were virtually the same assignments that the class still to be graded did.

I'll still need to do a few small things in preparation for the summer class I start on Monday, including the syllabus, but the readings are now are now in place for online course reserve, which was the most time-consuming part of preparing for this course. Since I've taught this class six times before, and I'm doing exactly the same material as the last time I did it, I won't have much preparation to do for the lectures. Grading will be the bulk of my work for the next month and a half. I hope this will allow me to do more of other things than would easily be the case while teaching a summer course, including blogging. I'm even thinking that I'll get some good posts out of the material I'll be teaching, which I haven't done since spring of 2003, a good while before I had a blog. Some of the material from my handouts from this course has ended up on the blog, but most of it hasn't, and so you might be seeing some stuff related to the content of this course, which includes knowledge, arguments for and against the existence of God, human freedom, the nature of the mind, and personal identity.

I've taught nothing but ethics for two years and for six courses, even though I ended up teaching four very different ethics courses during that time. This summer I get to do my favorite course I've taught and then a brand new one with (so far) just one student on ancient and medieval philosophy. That, of course, will be much more preparation but much less grading. Since grading takes much more of my time, I think I'll be a little freer to work on other things during that course, and since the bulk of my time on the course will have to do with lecture prep (if teaching one person is properly called lecturing), I may be musing more on the material in ways that might lead to good blog posts. So maybe you can expect some stuff on Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Augustine, Boethius, or Aquinas in July and August.

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I will be excited to read the posts on the Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and Augustine.

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