In the second year of a long-distance relationship and in my first year in 11 that I haven't coached debate, it is seeming to me that I'm more and more an introvert.
While I love teaching (most of the time) it is hard for me. It sucks my energy out like a Star-Trek creature sucks power from the Enterprise.
This week I've been spending a lot of time with other people, even when I haven't been teaching. I've had a few meetings, but there has been a lot of adjustment-drama around me, and while I can deal with it -- it takes energy out of me as well.
My current challenge is to balance the grading and writing I need to do this weekend. I've had some student projects for a couple of weeks so far. The project doesn't directly relate to the rest of their work, so it has been low priority. My Ethics students got their stuff back right away, as they'll write more of these papers. My Logic students also got their quizzes back ASAP, because the concepts are included in the next quiz. I keep meaning to come home and dig into the lingering project, but by the time I get home, I'm exhausted.
For a variety of reasons, the bulk of the grading will have to wait another weekend. This weekend I have two papers to get out -- one needs a lot more work than the other. After they are out, I'll have a deck-clearing grading jail to get caught up.