Sunday, April 8, 2007

Lecture's Finished, exam writing begins

Now, 13 weeks later, I feel a huge sense of relief. All 24 lectures and 2 midterns have been delivered. During the last class I gave a (what I thought was) great review of the material - even though no one asked questions and one student fell a sleep ('Sleepy' only awoke after half the class had left and someone was kind enough to push him over in his chair (laughing aloud). He apologized. I also had to laugh; I have done it myself.)

Today, I will put together the final exam. I have a good idea of what content I need to cover, but little idea on how to test it. Like the two midterms, I will wing-it ( ... well, with another professor's exam in hand). Writing, giving, collecting and then marking the final exam is on my taskbar (yes, taskbar).

I am admittedly looking forward to receiving my student evaluations. I expect a few nice ones, but I am sure most of them will be over critical, cold, and harsh reviews - some would say these are the best kind.

The fun is over. I think it has been a successful adventure. I am sure in the weeks following the final exam, I will be longing to once again stand in front of a class where I can be the most me I can be - a crazy, but creditable, economist - making bad jokes and getting a kick out of modelling.

8 comments:

Jenny said...

I think being a prof would be fun. I kinda wanna do it.

MadJenny said...

Congratulations! That's so exciting to make it through your first class!

Anonymous said...

So lots of work and now the end is nigh, your dedication is admirable. Congrats!!

Emily said...

Congrads Dan!! You have done a fabulous job balancing "it all" :)

Canadian Economist said...

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments. I will let you know how my evaluations turnout - I bit there will be some comments worth reporting!

Spudman said...

For those of us who find the commute to the coast "a bit long", will you follow the lead of Harvard U. and make the class notes, readings, and other presentations available online? Education is a never-ending process...

Canadian Economist said...

Hey spudman! Thanks for the note - I will try to make it happen next year (if they have me back!).

Francis Wooby said...

I would have put the sleeping guy's hand in a glass of warm water.