Thursday, February 23, 2012

Unfocused

Lately, I can't seem to focus on much. I am sure that a large part of it has to do with exhaustion. I am so burned out from chasing Hail around all the time, telling him no, homework, attempting to do work, working on my finals that are going to slam into me in no time at all, and trying to keep up with my house. I have a pile of laundry that has needed folding for almost a week. This actually isn't anything unusual-- everyone that knows me knows how much I hate doing laundry. Honestly, I would rather do dishes, scrub toilets, or even chop off my own arm.

Last weekend, I rented the movie The Help. It is a fantastic movie. I liked it so much, that I started reading the book. It is very moving-- so much so, I can't stop reading it or thinking about it. I know that this is a large part of why I am so unfocused. Racial issues are such a hot button issue for me that this book really gets under my skin. Not that I don't love it, but because I hate people's attitudes during the 1960s!

I am so confused as to what my Virtual Assistant teacher is looking for. I really don't like her. I have been in a position of virtual assisting (and never knew it!) for nearly 4 years now. When I do my assignments, she confuses me more than anything when she returns them. She gives me nearly full credit for my assignments then leaves a bunch of comments on my work of how she wants things changed, what I did wrong, something she forgot to explain that she wants added, and so on. She is not a very thorough instructor. For instance, when we send in assignments, everything is sent from our personal school email. She still wants us to format papers with the typical information and was taking points off for not having it done, but that was something that we had to guess at because she never bothered to say that was how she wanted things done until week 3!! Never again will I be taking a class from her again. If she wants to be a teacher, she needs to go to school and take some courses in educating others. I don't feel that any instructor should leave students more confused than they were previously.

2 comments:

Chrystal Mahan said...

I saw the movie "The Help" when it was in theaters. My step-mother-in-law and I cried so many times. I read the book a few months later. Both were really good.

This time last year I was tending to my family, chores, pets, a very ill dog with seizures, and taking 9 college classes (36 hours) all while working my own freelance business full-time. It sucks. Its hard. But I pushed through and got my BA last June and last August I started working on my Masters.

Point is, if I can do it with my mental and physical disabilities, than anyone can. Its just a matter of finding a schedule you can work with.

As for the VA teacher, if you are more confused with every returned assignment, your best bet there is to schedule a conference with her.

Bailey said...

Take in in steps. Find a way to break it down and make each one acheivable. As a whole it will break you, but in steps you can make it work.

As for the teachers, I remember telling my husband once there are some you just get through and deal with just like you do in life. One of my grad school professors taught me NOTHING about the course material, but dealing with her attitude, was a reality check for what was coming later.

 

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