Wow…how time has quickly passed since my winter break couple weeks ago. I’m now in full swing of Spring 2010, the last semester in my college life (hopefully sigh…..) I thought it will be an easy semester for me since I only have to take 2 graduate classes, but the reality is different.
Starting this past Wednesday, I was officially start teaching for my school. How shocked I was when I was notified about this about a month ago. I almost can’t believe why would they ask a last semester graduate student to teach. They know that I’m not gonna be around after this semester, but yet they still asked me so. This what makes me thankful to God for this opportunity, because not everyone can have this opportunity and experience became a teacher in a college. HIS way is sometimes “out of ordinary.” Who would thought that a mere Indonesian dude like me can be given such opportunity to teach college level classes?
So, there you go. I am teaching MA 121 – College Algebra 1 for a Christian College that I am attending now. They even gave me three sections to teach with around 30 students in each class. That’s 90 students roughly. For 1st timer like me, 90 students are a lot. Just imagine how many homeworks, tests, and quizzes I need to grade. Plus, all the lesson I need to prepare. Luckily all of them have the same subject, so I just have to prepare one lesson and repeat it three times a day. My burden to have all of my students succeed and pass the class is what keeps me going.
That is why I said that this Spring 2010 will be an interesting semester. On top of the teaching responsibilities, I’m still a full time graduate student who takes 2 graduate classes also, so you can imagine how busy I will be this semester. Added to that, my “other” tasks are waiting for me, such as finding a job and a new place to go after I graduate this May. LORD, help me and has mercy on me. I can only pray for God’s strength to be with me this semester.
Phil 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Ps 73:26 – “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”
From times to times I reminded myself about those verses, and I know that at the end of this semester I will become a stronger person because all of the things that will be happening this semester.
Ok, since I’m a Math teacher now, I have a little geeky guestion for you.