The reality is that I'm not accomplishing anything but that, rather, I am foolishly sitting in front of the computer because it feels like work. Reading the course evaluations from the fall kind of did a number on me. They were overwhelmingly good, but somehow it's the negative comments that stick in one's brain. One might argue that I'd be better off not reading them. The problem is that in order to put together the Evil Notebook of Tenure and Promotion, I have to include positive evaluations, and that means that I have to read all of them. I don't know. I've got to learn to take them more in stride. I've got to learn to pay attention to the good as well as to the bad. And I've GOT to learn not to feel assaulted by the negative comments that have nothing to do with my teaching per se but to the way that students react to me personally.
Toward that end, I'm going to go to the gym and sweat out all of the negativity. At least that's the plan.
1 year ago