Sunday, March 19, 2006

Lazy Sunday afternoon

It's now 2 p.m., and I am still in my dressing gown and slippers. Yes! Having a slipper day, very much like the hermit day Kali talked about in her blog. Just pottering around the blogs, and communicating with first year English lit students via the university's online learning system. That BTW does not replace going to lectures and tutorials, but it is a terrific way of communicating with students at any time, and they may even be at other campuses in the bush. My priority is to monitor the discussion lists to see if there are any problems with library resources, and reference queries, and I can answer them where all students will be able to read it. Often one student will answer another student's question, there's a great deal of co-operation going on.

A lovely spinoff though is that I get to know some students as individuals, and we discuss mutual interests, whether it's reading matter or which football team we follow. At the moment we have a "book club" going in the discussion lists, but the titles are a far cry from the Jane Austen books on their reading lists! This interaction with students is one of the best things about my job.

Here I am (last year some time actually) sitting around in my dressing gown and matching slippers, reading the newspapers. Hmmm, I wonder if I've straightened up that print behind me??

10 comments:

Kerri said...

Some days are like that Val...they just call for slippers and dressing gown.
Communicating is never a waste of time...so it sounds to me like you've been productive, in a lazy sort of way :)
Blogger was much more cooperative today although it was down this afternoon for a couple of hours.

Val said...

Well, Kerri, The Other Val has emailed me to say that SHE has had a slipper WEEKEND! Now that's doing things properly.

jellyhead said...

It sounds like you had a very laid-back Sunday!

Your uni's online learning system sounds great - fun and interactive. It's lovely that you genuinely enjoy interacting with students, too.

Kali said...

Got to love days like these... Now a whole weekend sounds really decadent *grin*

Tanya said...

Mmmmm - love those days.

Thanks for your concer. Things here are all good. Only had a bit of wind and rain. We were VERY lucky. I've survived one minor cyclone (category 2) and can't imagine what a stronger one is like. Of course, working for the government in a regional centre, we are closely linked to other offices in the north, and have heard many stories of colleagues who have lost everything. It's heartbreaking, and makes me all the more thankful for the luck we had in Townsville on Monday morning.

Tanya said...

I meant to write concern in the first sentence (unless concer is a new, hip word that I am unaware of.....).

Kerri said...

Are you STILL in your slippers and dressing gown girl? :)
(Hope all is well)
The other Val does things in a big way :)

Val said...

Kerri,

Well might you ask about me still being in dressing gown and slippers. I AM still in slippers today, but not continuously since last Sunday! I have a draft post ready to go for when the sun is at a better angle and I can take the photo to go with it. The post will mention that I’ve been under the weather, only in a minor way, but I’d rather be 100%.

Alice said...

What's this, a whole week and no postings? Oh, of course, you will have been too busy watching the Commonwealth Games ... lol.

Val said...

Cheeky, Alice! I can truly say I have not watched a minute of the Games. But I was delighted to notice that there will be 5 days of football starting this Thursday and continuing through Monday night. Yes! The AFL season is almost here! Ah, happy Val.