Today (yesterday, really, it’s past midnight) was my first day of teaching this spring.
There seems to be a never-ending supply of new students each semester. I could very likely continue to show up for classes for 30-odd more years (actually, that’s the plan) and never see an end to them. I’d never thought of my job as a battle against entropy, but education is never going to end as long as humans continue to reproduce. I’ve picked a field that isn’t going to get stale, that’s for sure.
I’m only teaching three sections this semester due to my taking on, at the last second, of some administrative functions – namely, the reading of numerous capstones and theses. There are no new preps, though I have done some moderate reshuffling of the assignments in all of the courses in response to student comments. I have ambitious plans this semester for writing an article or two, but those won’t get started until next week, alas.