Friday, December 19, 2014

all that remains is paperwork

I've got some jjong-party pictures to upload (with the students' permission, of course), but we're all jjong'ed out, now: I'm done teaching for this semester. All in all, it was a good first semester here. The students were, without a doubt, the saving grace. I still have no idea how badly they're going to zing me on the evals, but I had a good time teaching these kids, who were a far better crop, collectively, than the kids I'd taught at Daegu Catholic.

My class of advanced-level reading/writing students gave me fond farewells. There were plenty of "We'll miss you!"s, but no hugs. I got a few of my students, in several classes, to allow themselves to be photographed while giving me the finger. That was fun. Although I got permission to upload their pics, I might either fuzz out their faces or fuzz out the rude gesture so they don't get in trouble (assuming, of course, that one of this blog's five readers is evil and/or stupid enough to report my students' behavior to someone).

With classes done, I have three major things left to do: (1) I have to upload and publish my students' final grades; (2) I need to print out and upload something called a "portfolio," and (3) I have to scan, photocopy, and upload my attendance records. All of these obligations are annoying and tedious, but they're part of life at Dongguk University. The "portfolio" in question is a stitched-together PDF composed of copies of my syllabi, tests, and assignments given throughout the semester, along with a writeup of how I handled the semester—what my course objectives were, what my teaching method was, etc. Uploading these, and handing in hard-copy versions to our office, is one of the duties we're required to fulfill. Failure to do so in a timely manner will result in a downgraded performance evaluation.

But you know what? I'm going to say "fuck it" tonight, go have myself a decent dinner somewhere, then go watch "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies." I'll be back in the office tomorrow and Sunday, and will be done—we hope—by Monday.


1 comment:

Charles said...

Currently working on my review of "The Hobbit" at the moment. We saw it on Wednesday (opening night).