I’m teaching first-year Communication Studies again this semester. This course is definitely one of my favourites, as it gives me a lot of room to make material my own (something we as sessional instructors rarely get to do…)
I’ve taught this course more than any other course – probably more than all the other courses I’ve taught combined. This course keeps me out of debt and gives me much needed structure in an otherwise unstructured life, all while providing me with plenty of time to complete a dissertation. I really like my job these days, and I am extremely lucky to have teaching work that is (relatively) stable, as well as highly rewarding.
This semester, I’m teaching four sections of the same course. That means I run a 4-hour seminar (mostly lecturing), and then I repeat the exact same material three more times within 48 hours.
When I tell people this, they often grimace and ask how I stay sane. “Don’t you get BORED repeating yourself like that?” Then I tell them that I taught the same course last semester, too. And the semester before that. I’m on track to deliver the same lectures at least 10 times this year (fingers crossed… )
I should be bored to death with this material by now. Sure, I get to add and drop bits and pieces each time I give these lectures, and I tweak the overall narrative of the course at least once a year, but still… I’m giving the same four-hour lecture on the Frankfurt School, four times in a week.
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