I like my professor. She is lively and seems to love the material. She stops frequently to make sure nobody has missed a concept, and offers to explain it in a different manner. I already understand a few general chemistry concepts that eluded me last semester. I'd count week one as a success. However, my grade will be 100% exam grades...no homework, extra credit, or lab grades to help out with that. Although there will be homework and reading assignments outside of class. JOY.
I was dreading this one, not in and OMG-this-is-going-to-be-so-difficult way, but more in a OMG-this-is-going-to-be-so-boring way. I haven't taken a history course in a decade and there is a reason for that...it is called zero interest! The good news is that the professor is pretty engaging and very into the subject matter and I wasn't bored or distracted at all during the first lecture. This bodes well, I think. On the other hand, we're going to be tested on both book readings and lectures (different material). There will be graded homework assignments and quizzes.
Again, the professor seemed to totally love the subject matter. It was wonderful just listening to her talk about it, because she was so enthusiastic about the material. She played a few selections for us and I enjoyed watching her as she listened, because she was so clearly moved by it after the thousandth or so time she'd heard it. We get to/have to (depending on your point of view) go to an opera and a symphony during the semester and write a report on each. We have a textbook and there will also be reading and homework assignments, quizzes, and exams.
This one is online. I have to read a chapter weekly, take a quiz, and participate in the online discussions for each chapter. There is also a major paper and a final exam. I've finished my first chapter and it is very engaging. The professor is having a baby in September and she plans to be unreachable for only a couple of days and then be right back on top of things. We shall see about that, but I like her optimism. First time moms are so cute.
My lab professor is my only male teacher and it is also the only class I haven't enjoyed. It took MORE THAN our 2:45 of lab time to go over the syllabus and check into lab. He is super long-winded and just went on and on about things that were clearly outlined in the syllabus. Lab is much more intensive compared to previous science labs I have been in, and we do not work with partners. I hope that Dr. Long-Winded will not be eating up all of our lab time with explanations from here on out!
In other news, I'm adjusting quite well to the 5:30am wake up and the warp speed things seem to move at until I pick up the kids. I'm a little tired and have been very careful not to sit in a reclined position until the kids are in bed and I've showered and done a decent amount of prep for the next day, so I don't slip into an unexpected coma, but I kind of like this pace. I can't imagine how I would have dealt with both kids being in full time school if I wasn't busy with my own pursuits. The commute is kind of a suck, 1.5 hours to school in the morning, about 45 minutes to get home in the afternoon. It is workable, though. I enjoy the kids' pick up time...I read for FUN while I'm in line. I'm reading Routine Miracles currently and I am thoroughly enjoying it thus far.
KayTar and BubTar both had excellent first (and second) days of school. KayTar reported that "My teacher has taken a liking to me. She called me 'lovebug'. That means she is INTERESTED in me." She is sitting next to a cute little buddy (the child of BubTar's teacher from last year) who told his mama that he thinks KayTar is cute. KayTar said that she scooted her chair closer to him during movie time but that the teacher didn't know! Cute little Kinders. BubTar is excited about GT and has been excited about school every morning. Last year was so rough for him, he cried a lot of mornings at the beginning of the year, so we're thrilled that he is happy. He's been very big brotherly to KayTar as she learns the Big Kid ropes at school. PreK was very insular, but now she gets to do all the things he does, so he really likes to teach her about all of it.
Anyway, that's all for now. Josh will be home soon, then we'll have dinner and I'm off to the hospital for my volunteer shift.