Bons mots

  • "We live as though the world were what it should be, to show it what it can be."
    ~ Angel, "Deep Down," Season 4

  • It is difficult
    to get the news from poems
    yet men die miserably every day
    for lack
    of what is found there.
    ~ William Carlos Williams, from “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”

Stuff to do before school starts

  • Set up a LibGuide for student writing workshops/publications/etc.
  • Clear off desk at home so that it's a good workspace
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for AP Lit
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for 10th grade
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for 9th grade
  • Revamp 9th-grade final project & set up start of school to reflect that change
  • Set up Schoology page for AP Lit
  • Set up Schoology page for 10th grade
  • Set up Schoology page for 9th grade
  • Reread The Joy Luck Club

House and home projects

  • Touch up hallway paint & add lightswitch plate
  • Paint foyer door and replace door handles
  • File down top of coat closet door & repaint it
  • Stain the wooden floor strip (part of our new door installation)
  • Get sump pump serviced
  • Get doorbell fixed -- fixed by our neighbor! I do still want to figure out how to turn up the volume
  • Paint the bulkhead doors
  • Mow the lawn & place the mosaic tiles by the front steps
  • Replace the smoke alarms

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August 07, 2012

Comments

This is a lovely post, although it doesn't contain easy answers. I definitely see myself wanting to move into administrative positions at some point but I know I need more experience. I want to move toward it, though, and I'm not sure I know how. So this is helpful (and hopeful). I'll give it time for now.

Meanwhile, it would not surprise one little tiny bit if male faculty were paid more than female faculty at my school. Much as I love CDS (and I really do), it would not surprise me.

Wow, 97 is a big class!

I've dipped a toe into college counseling, and I can see why it's a pathway to administration, at least at our school: you're dealing with parents and students, but also with teachers (recommendations, etc) and administrators (trustees, division heads, admissions), in a relatively high-pressure part of what college prep schools do. Our brother school has several faculty members who are part-time in English and part-time in CC, so it's crossed my mind as well.

We have a position similar to what you are calling "academic class dean" as well, but we don't have an assistant to the US head--I'm curious about that position does. Do you have a dean of students as well?

Jackie, we have both a dean and an assistant dean of students (remember that many of our students board on campus, so we have more layers of student affairs than a day school would). How did you find the parental pressure part of college counseling? It's the part I think I'd find most difficult about that option.

Anastasia, I'm looking forward over the next few years to seeing how you and I and Jackie and Laura and Mean Something all shape our careers -- these are options that weren't clearly on the table when we were in grad school!

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