The classes I taught went pretty well yesterday. The first one didn’t go quite as smoothly as the other two, but it went ok once I figured out that none of the students had actually read the book which was the whole purpose of using these particular artifacts. I was not surprised they had not read the book, and I suspect few of them will read the whole thing. Many of them didn’t even know what the book was about, so once I supplied them with some basic information and allowed them to search the internet to back up their hunches, it was smooth sailing. I teach variations of this class all the time, so it’s not a difficult class to teach. The only difficulty was that there were basically no breaks between the three classes which started at 8 am and went until 12:05 pm. I sometimes forget how much wear and tear is is on my back to stand for four solid hours. 

This was one of the shorter days since we were basically finished by lunchtime. Some days we are teaching from 8 am to 4 pm. Those are going to be long days. I wish I’d been able to have a snack around mid morning. If I go too long without eating, my blood sugar drops and I end up feeling like crap. My coworkers will cover some of the classes, especially on those 8-4 days when I have to have a lunch break.

My coworkers will actually be handling the the classes this morning. I have had a doctor’s appointment schedule months before these classes were scheduled. My doctor’s appointment also is in the middle of the morning, so it will take up parts of three different classes, all of which I will have to miss. However, I’ll be teaching three or four classes this afternoon. It really depends on when I get out of the doctor’s office and get back to the museum. If I have time to eat lunch before the noontime class, then I’ll probably teach it. Otherwise, my coworkers will handle it as well.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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