I've blogged about many important political, social and feminist issues but today I just want to use this blog to complain and have my readers feel sorry for me. :-) Maybe somebody faced a similar problem and can offer advice. That would be very welcome.
This semester, my Monday teaching schedule is insane. My first class that I teach in Spanish starts at 11 am. This means that I come to work at least an hour before to prepare and go over things I want to do in class. This first class is very innovative and interactive, so I have to work very hard to make it happen. Then, I teach a long lecture-type class in English from 1:30 to 2:45. After that, I have to teach my graduate course (in Spanish, of course) from 4:30 to 7:20 pm. The rest of the week is easy, but this Monday schedule literally kills me. The day after that (Tuesday) I feel completely wiped out physically and intellectually.
Maybe something is wrong with me, I don't know. Surely, one is not supposed to feel so drained after only one day of such schedule? The thing is that I can't teach a half-assed class, no matter how tired I am and how drained I will feel as a result. I never sit down in a class unless students are writing an exam or a mini-quiz and I always give every ounce of energy to teaching. Switching between languages (neither of which is my native language) several times in a row doesn't help either. Also, the last and the longest class of the day is the most challenging one. We read very complex Golden Age texts and getting the students to understand them and enjoy them is very energy-consuming.
I have only had three of these horrible Mondays this semester and there are many more to come. Honestly, I have no idea how I will be able to make it until the end of the semester. I tried doing everything I can think of to relax and rest the day before: cooking (yes, that relaxes me), reading murder mysteries (and that does as well), taking long baths. Still, after Monday classes end, I am a total wreck.
What should I do, people? Any advice and/or encouragement will be highly appreciated. :-)