Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:44 pm Post
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Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:36 am Post
Jaysen wrote:As a manager I protect my people as if they were me.
Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:22 pm Post
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Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:36 pm Post
Apollo16 wrote:My point you ask?
I have decided to change my life and not my software. Here are two stories that demonstrate what we are all dealing with.
Story 1. I was working online at 2 AM. A student noticed and emailed me. I ignored the email. At 5 am (as I was finishing up my proposal and sending it out to my colleagues), I get a really nasty email from the same student complaining that I did not respond to his first email and he knew I was online. Note that I do have a policy on getting back to all students within 24-hours.
So how did I "fix" this issue? I got ITS to block pinging for all the professors so the students could no longer tell when we are on the system.
Story 2. I was in my office working early one Sat. morning. Note that students are supposed to be unconscious at this hour having been up all night. I hear banging on my door. I have my lights off and the door is locked. The students yell, "We know you're in there! We found your car!" Fearing for the safety of my car, I open my office door.
How did I "fix" this issue? I started to park behind a different building and walking over.
I am interested in techniques you use to carve out and protect/defend time to allow for deep focus on thinking/writing tasks.
Let's limit the discussion here to how we can reduce the number of interruptions and/or their severity and not how to manage them.
I'm already managed out of my gourd. I want to learn how to fight back!
Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:30 pm Post
Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:34 pm Post
Ahab wrote:Dealing with studentry, it's possible to develop a kind of death ray, or at least a friend of mine has. He teaches writing at a large land-grant college in that state where so many of our board contributors come from. We were having dinner at a campus-adjacent pizzeria, and in mid-munch his faced turned a stone-curdling clay color--frightening to behold. I asked his wife what was wrong, had he swallowed a pepperoni the wrong way? And she said it was his Presumptuous Student face. Looking around, I saw a Presumptuous Student, manuscript in hand, frozen in mid-step. She then slowly reformed, subsided, and retreated, as one might from a ravening grizzly.
He said he practiced in front of a mirror until he began to frighten himself, and then refined it in public until he could frost a grad student at 20 paces. Undergrads take more grimacing, apparently, because they have not yet lost the parentally inculcated idea that they are Special.
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:58 am Post
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