It was a good class. There were 18 students, even though it was a freezing cold (for Maryland) Monday! We did lots of varied practice around the same grammar point, including writing, talking, and filling in blanks. I was pleased with my planning and execution, and I feel good about my direction for the rest of the week.
I’ve had some ongoing frustrations with my campus email, but today I had a real problem: I got a gmail note from one of my colleagues that her messages to my work email were bouncing back. I cleared out the few offending medium-large (they were by no means huge) messages that I’d received late last week and into the weekend. Since gmail doesn’t have that kind of a bounce-back problem, I decided I’d quick set up email forwarding to run my campus mail through gmail instead. The system said to call tech support to do so. When I called tech support, they said it was impossible.
I don’t believe that forwarding email is actually impossible, so I’m spending today’s post-class time working around the restrictive email system (I’ve got several ideas for at least partial solutions, and am testing one right now). I normally use this time for my lesson reflection, planning, and prep. I guess all of that will have to come later on in the evening sometime.
When I have prohibitively dull tools, I have to stop my real work to sharpen them.