What can I say to defend myself? I skipped my last two Instructional Delivery classes.
I could make up all the excuses in the world: I was tired, I was overwhelmed, I had a headache, my dog ate my enthusiasm. Indeed, I was tired and I was overwhelmed with other work and, last week, I even had a headache.
Nonetheless, I missed six hours of classes, something that would cause me to frown on my own students for doing.
I could hide in shame and maybe even delete this entry, so my teacher wouldn’t know what I’ve done. But perhaps I can turn this missed learning experience into an opportunity to learn something I wouldn’t have learned if I had gone to class.
Perhaps this experience helps me to understand my own students a little better. Perhaps they are just as overwhelmed as I am.
To be honest (as opposed to being dishonest–sheesh, I hate that expression), I skipped my last two night classes because I could, and something had to give. I have a thriving freelance writing business alongside my nearly full-time teaching position and sometimes the work can get overwhelming. As a rule, I don’t take weekends off during the school year and often work 60 to 80 hours a week. The last two weeks have been even more frantic.
Something had to give.
In my life, my current priorities are ranked in this order:
2. my wife Julie
3. my extended family (and closest friends)
4. my students
5. my freelance business
6. my continuing education
So I was tired and I needed a break and something had to give.
While I hope I didn’t let down any of my classmates with my absence, I don’t feel guilty about my absence. In fact, I feel pretty good. That’s because I think I’ve gained new insight into why I sometimes lose my students to a class or two.
See you next class.