It's been harder than I had anticipated to hold onto the "it's summer!" feeling while still finishing up the school year, but soon enough I won't have to maintain the illusion.
- The evaluation conference with the troubled colleague was yesterday, and it went okay. I'm not sure what the long-term results will be, but I felt okay about the tone and content of the conversation.
- This morning I led a college essay workshop for the rising seniors. I was ridiculously nervous about this; I observed the workshop last year, and the girls were so done after exams that they were almost rude in their inattention to the presenter. So the college counseling office decided things would go better with an "in-house specialist" whom the students already know. I agreed to do it a year ago and have been kicking myself for the last week that I ever said I'd do it. I didn't want my last teaching of the year to be a bust, and I didn't want the college counselors to see me teach for the first time if it wasn't going to be good. However, all that worrying was for nothing, because, quite frankly, I rocked it this morning. It was actually really fun, if exhausting.
- Then this afternoon I did the one big public speaking piece of being English department head, presenting the departmental awards at our big awards assembly. For some reason, I was also really nervous about this, even though I have no problems with public speaking and already had it all written out. But it all went fine, and now it's done. I got home completely wiped out but satisfied.
Not yet finished:
- Er, the grading. Must get all that finished by 3:00 tomorrow afternoon, which shouldn't be a big deal ... but did I mention that whole "completely wiped out" thing? I may just not even pretend to get any real work done tonight and get up early and really plow through.
- Final comments for each student. They're not due until Tuesday, but I'd love to get those done tomorrow as well so that I am just done, done, done with school work.