‘Tis Finished

FINALLY! The quarter has come to an end for me. I was able to work like a maniac toward the end, get all my assignments and projects and posts completed and submitted, and end the quarter with five days to spare! Sweet relief. Now I have almost four weeks with no papers to write, no scholarly reading to complete, no burning the midnight oil, no turning down invites to things I want to do but can’t take the time to do because courses take precedence! Freedom, sweet freedom . . . until I do it again beginning in mid-January. 🙂

This quarter was the most challenging yet for me. One course had me twisted into pretzels (mentally) and filled with angst, but now that I have “it” behind me and as I reflect upon “it” (Assessment, Tests, and Measures), I must say I learned more in ten weeks than I would have thought humanly possible! (OK, a bit hyperbolic, but you get the point.) I don’t claim to be proficient in the subject matter, but I can now converse about it without embarrassing myself too much. AND, this was/is one of those courses I know will to be an integral part of my professional life going forward. So, as much as I complained about it ALL ten weeks of the quarter (thanks for humoring me), it was a good course (easy to say now that it is behind me.) There won’t be another like it until I take Survey of Research Methodology beginning in April (just warning you. 🙂 )

This means that I am officially free to resume my blog-hopping ways! See you soon… 😀

28 thoughts on “‘Tis Finished

  1. Assessment. tests and measures – re teaching. For me this was interesting and not difficult as an experienced teacher, I had been employing different alternatives all along without knowing what it was called. I bought into alternative assessment completely. It was preached by Miami Dade. The irony is this: Jeff is three years behinds grade level in reading so instead of doing the Jamestown report he drew the Jamestown settlement on a poster. Elizabeth got a A for a her report and Jeff an A for his poster. Both learned all about Jamestown. But then the administrators call you in for having substandard expectations and demands which also contradicts the idea of individualizing teaching and assignments designed to cultivate learning at what ever unique level each child may represent. You can’t have standardization and individualization in the same curriculum. Survey of research methodology was a first year requirement for my MA is religious studies at Barry College in Miami Shores. We were given research exercises and research problem resolution and term paper form practice. But in the late 70’s there was no internet and you had to find everything in your college library, the libraries of other nearby colleges or the city libraries. With the net you have access to infinite information as opposed to the books in half a dozen libraries. You won’t find much in Miami about Massachusetts Puritanism, for example, compared to the stuff in New England libraries so my sources were limited. The internet gives you a great advantage over us that did it 40 years ago. Forgive the long comment – well what do you expect? You post about education and I was a wind-bag history teacher for 33 years.

    1. You point out some of the drawbacks of assessments. A real dilemma for us all. I imagine you were/are and extraordinary teacher, and that despite the problems of working with an administration that seems to be stuck in a box, studens must of loved learning under your tutelage. BTW, history was always one of my favorite courses. I minored in it in college, and there have been times when I wished I had made that my major.

      Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thanks Louise! Ahhh . . . I’m looking forward to catching up with my blogging friends, and to writing and getting out with the camera again. AND, to a few overdue dates with my husband! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thans Huffygirl. I am going to enjoy the break. This was the most challenging quarter yet, so this time away from the studies is a welome respite. I appreciate you stopping by. Have a great week.

      1. Now there’s only 1 job (one of them was a part-time job and I had to finish my contract before focusing on the full.time one) and no exams for a while, so I’m looking forward to all the spare-time I’ll have 😀

    1. Thanks Kathy. This quarter was a particularly grueling one, but now it is behind me. I still feal drained, but glad it is over. I appreciate you dropping by. Have a great week.

  2. Congratulations Ms. F!
    I always felt so strange at the end of a semester… it seemed so bizarre how things went from rush, rush, rush to all of a sudden (and ridiculously abruptly) being… just… completely over. I remember I’d hand in a final project… and it would just hit me… is it really over?! Really?! It was almost a now what kind of moment… strange.
    Enjoy your holiday break, Ms. F – you certainly deserve it! 🙂

    1. Thanks, SIG. I agree, the feeling is bizarre once everything is submitted and then one is left with that “now what?” feeling. It takes a few days to get my equilibrium back. I am just now beginning to feel “human” again. I have some plans for the break — all involving relaxation and time with friends — and won’t worry about next quarter until it begins (2nd week in Jan, or thereabouts). Thanks for stopping by. Hope you and Annabelle have a magnificent holiday season. 🙂

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