I’ve finally hit week 8 for the course I’m teaching! At the college I work at, many of the schools have adopted a 7:1:7 model of course delivery, including the School of Liberal Studies. This means that the 15-week term is broken down into two seven week blocks and a break week in the middle. It’s like a traditional reading week, except it’s a free pass for students. They get a week to recharge, catch up, or enjoy a lull in their workload. While this usually elicits a “kids these days” shake of the fist from people, I fully support the break week. Many students are first-generation college kids, meaning they are coming from families that may or may not have had the academic support to help them through school. The transition to college is a big leap, so a break week helps ensure the students have the support they need to succeed. I prefer to set my students up for success, than to wear them down through a war of attrition.
This also means that I don’t teach this week, and *I* get a break, too! As you’ve been reading the last few weeks, a break is exactly what I need. This will give me a chance to prep, mark and feel slightly less pressure during the week. This also means that I might *gasp* actually get out to the gym this week. No promises, though. But, here’s hoping…