9-10-02

My schedule

It might be helpful for you to know when I will be working on your materials and when you can expect me to return your work.

In addition to my online work for Northern, I am currently working about 3/4 time at South High in Denver, tutoring and developing web pages for their writing lab and twelve English teachers. With commute time, this work at South usually has me away from my home computer from 7:30 to 3:30. This means that most of my work for Northern will have to be done evenings, early mornings, and weekends. The usual pattern will be as follows:

I will lie down and relax for a while when I get home. Then I will pull up your messages and get started on marking and returning your homework. I'll work for about an hour before dinner and another couple of hours after dinner. I usually try to crash by about 9:30 since I start my day around 5:30. (Some people just don't know how to retire properly.) So if you send your work by 4:00, I should have it back to you that same evening or early the next morning. If you send it later in the evening, it will probably have to wait until the next afternoon. There will be occasional evenings when your homework will just have to be ignored. If there's a special concert or a not-to-be-missed ballgame, your homework won't stand a chance. I'll try to inform you of such occasions in advance so that you won't be expecting rapid service. Fridays will be a bit different. Friday evenings are somewhat "sacred" and there are certain "rituals" to be performed, so you should look for your Friday homework to come back sometime Saturday. Unless something special comes up, I'm usually at the computer while I'm watching football games, so there's a pretty good chance that your weekend submissions will get back to you fairly rapidly.

My arrangement with South is that I will tutor in the writing lab most of the time and then work on the web page development in between tutoring sessions. Since I do most of the web page work at home on the weekends, I will (in theory) be able to take some free time during the day to do some work for my Northern classes. Right now, however, they haven't received my computer, and I'm working on my laptop, which is not hooked up to the Internet. In the near future I hope to be able to receive and work on your homework at various time during the day, but even then the bulk of the work will have to be done later at home.

That's probably a whole lot more than you really wanted to know, but you got it anyway. Some of you may be wondering at the point if this Westenskow guy is capable of producing a short memo. The answer -- probably not very often. I will try to make a point of sending an occasional short one just to prove that I can do it.

More to come ... of course.

Dave