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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A Brief Break

One of the benefits of final's week is that I don't have to hold regular office hours.  Technically, I just have to be here to proctor my exams.  But, I am typically here my regular hours so that I can spend my time at work grading (I get next to nothing accomplished at home, so it's best to do my work AT work).

Anyhoo, today I just have one final to give at 6:30 pm, but I was still here at noon in order to get in a solid 6+ hours of grading.  It's paid off too -- I got two classes done, plus I finished my syllabi for next term, I got some other miscellaneous work done, and of course met with several students who had/were experiencing the typical finals-week-near-death-experiences (one guy apparently was rushed to the emergency room on Monday, which was his class's final exam date, because he was vommiting blood -- he had documentation so I don't doubt him, but still, blood barf?  Good god, people!  Why are you puking blood during finals week?). 

But at about 4 pm, my brain was tired and I needed a break.  So, I got on my running stuff (no office hours obligations!) and headed out for a 3 miler.

It felt good to get out, stretch my legs, breathe the fresh air, and rest my weary brain.

I was dripping sweat when I returned to find a student waiting for me (another dude who'd apparently had a hospital visit that occured during our exam time -- are their limbs soon going to be falling off?), but who cares?  It's finals week!  Which is like super-duper-casual-week in my opinion.  If I'm here in something that's not my bathrobe, I think I deserve some props.


MCM Mama said...

And I'm guessing the sweaty, smelly version of you made the student get the point quickly. ;o)

Marlene said...

Those are some extreme measures to get out of an exam!

Sounds like a productive day, complete with a run! Yay!

Carolina John said...

I'm about to do the same thing. Tired of dealing with this one problem I"m trying to fix, so it's time to head out for a run.

runner26 said...

my fave line re: this topic: Grandmas start dying at alarming frequency. you are too funny! glad you get a little break. reminds me of when we gave ERB tests (basically standardized tests) and i taught like one class a day for a whole week. it was great! and the kids loved it bc they got extra recess and less homework. win/win

Laura said...

Yay for making it to finals week... enjoy upcoming break!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

That sounds like a great way to blow off grading stress.