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Okay. So my morning class professor gave us all a lecture today on how she has received e-mails complaining about people with laptops surfing the 'net in class instead of taking notes, and how this is distracting. She even threatened to go around the classroom and check on us to make sure that we were taking notes.

I was rather irritated by this for several reasons. I use a laptop in class. I occasionally access the internet during class, but I still take extensive notes. We're talking, on average, 3-4 single-spaced, typed pages. My accessing the internet during class is perhaps not completely kosher, but I am still paying attention to the class that I paid good money to take. I don't mind not accessing the 'net in class if the teacher feels that strongly about it, but I do have some minor irritations about this whole scenario:

1. If a person in class has a problem with me or what I am doing or finds my computer distracting, he or she should approach me first. Not e-mail the teacher complaining about me. E-mailing the teacher smacks of elementary school tactics and not believing that either of us is adult enough to handle the problem in a reasonable manner. I am neither large nor intimidating, and it's not that hard to ask if you can talk to me after class.

2. What on earth are you doing staring at my computer screen, anyway?! It's not like it ever has flashing lights on it or anything that might draw your attention to it. I usually just have Word up, and I occasionally have www.dictionary.com up so that I can look up a word. (I also sometimes check my e-mail or LJ, but still! That's very occasional.) If you're copying my notes, I am irritated with you. Take your own damned notes. Also, if you find my screen that irresistable, reference #1. I can always go and sit in the back of the classroom so that my shiny screen will be less of a distraction for you.

3. We're all grownups. The professor does not need to be constantly monitoring what we're doing.

These are minor, but the situation is just really annoying. Also, I might not have been complained about--several people use laptops in this class, and I know that some of them use the 'net during class. The thing that annoys me the most is that nobody talked to me if they had a problem.

I think I'm going to sit in the back of the class from now on so that people won't be tempted to look at my screen.

In other news, I have a driving lesson today. I really need to drive more. It doesn't help that there are lots of areas around here that Alex isn't comfortable with me driving in, so he won't practice with me in those areas. That's a bit frustrating. It's also frustrating that I have to talk myself down from panic every time I'm planning to drive. *sigh* It's an uphill battle.

I am almost done with Paper #1, which is due on Wednesday. I just have to do a conclusion and a final edit to make sure that everything is formatted correctly and that I have included all of the information I want to include. Then I get to start on Paper #2, which should actually be easier. Yay!

Tomorrow is my interview for grad school. When we went out to dinner with my parents and brother last night (to see them before Mom and Dad leave for California to see Grandma), Mom asked me if I had been rehearsing for the questions they might ask me. I told her I hadn't; I feel pretty confident that just being myself will decide the question. If they don't like me, then I shouldn't be there. Mom started asking me some questions that she thought the interviewers might ask, including, "What gives you the moxie (yes, she said 'moxie') to think that you can handle teaching high school?" I answered, "Because I helped teach in a 9th-grade classroom and survived. And I want to do it again." She laughed. I'm actually really looking forward to the interview. I think it's going to be fun. I just have to remember to dress nicely tomorrow--no jeans. Luckily, my wool skirt and white button-down shirt are both clean. I just have to do a bit of ironing.

I still have many, many projects going. I hope I can get them all done in time.

I should probably finish my coffee and head out to my driving lesson pretty soon here. I hope that goes well.
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So, some of you may remember my Terrible Accident last April when I totaled the car? Remember how I did that by turning too quickly into the driveway and going off the road? Today, I conquered the trauma. I drove all the way from Cresswell, on the freeway, no less, and my only real flaw was turning into the driveway a teensy bit too slowly. But there was no one behind me to care. I got home safely, without panicking Alex even the least bit. I have driven twice today, both times on the freeway. I will crash into no more trees. I feel a little shaky, but very, very mighty.

I am feeling a good deal better today. Thank you, everyone, for all of your support. It's good to know that I have such wonderful friends. *snugs for all!*

Also, Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] aesa and [livejournal.com profile] fearga!

My god daughter, Alielle, turned 2 today. By the end of her party, she was covered with frosting and confetti. She ate a good deal of confetti today; I hope it doesn't damage her. She seemed very happy.

That is all for now. I must go now and work on my half-circle cloak, which my teacher was kind enough to let me do instead of the gown that I had planned. Glee!

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