The holiday weekend was anything but a holiday for me. For some reason - I am sure dictated by insurance companies - the hospital chose to release my mom last Sunday. While I am sure she was physically ready to go home, logistically it was a nightmare. Her regular pharmacy - the one associated with the hospital - was closed; my pharmacy had limited hours and the hospital refused to give us a two day supply of meds to see us through. After running all over the county, I was finally able to retrieve her meds on Monday afternoon - 24 hours after she was discharged.
In addition, she is not allowed to stay by herself due to her recent wondering episode and leaving the plastic pan on the stove's heated burner. She is currently on the waiting list for Assisted Living, but until a unit becomes available she must have someone with her at all times. Again, trying to schedule this kind of care when given less than 24 hours notice on a holiday weekend proved to be nearly impossible.
Consequently, this week I have had no energy to do anything except the bare essentials. I am hopeful that this next week life will begin to level out and I can find the time to do a few other things besides teach - like clean the house, go grocery shopping, and perhaps read.
I am constantly trying to improve lesson plans and/or add new projects to the classroom mix. This year I am teaching college level English Composition for the first time and this past week the students wrote their first rough draft. While I have always utilized the concept of "peer edit" in the classroom, this week was the first time that I tried "group edits" - that is, each student read aloud his/her piece while the rest of us viewed the hard copy. Students then offered constructive criticism and praise for the work in question.
Now sometimes my ideas are far more successful on paper than they are in reality, but I am pleased to say that this was one time that the new idea far exceeded my expectations. The students really enjoyed the conversational feedback and I do believe each paper yielded a teachable moment for all. I will definitely be using this strategy in other writing classes.
It was certainly not from a lack of "wanna" that I did not accomplish much in the reading department this week. I tried to force myself to keep my eyes open long enough to read at least a chapter every night. I am currently reading a short novella by Susan Hill entitled, The Man in the Picture . This is for Carl's delightful challenge, RIP V. Again, I am hoping that a more settled week, coupled with more fall-like temperatures, will yield greater opportunities for personal reading this week.
I have tried to keep up with blogs this week, although I find that I am not quite able to read as many as I would like, and unfortunately comment on even fewer. I know that this unbalanced time of life shall pass, and I greatly look forward to spending more time with all of you soon.