As ever, our term is ending with a period of doubled lessons. So, as well as the normal Friday to Saturday lessons (16 hours), I also have the same classes on Tuesday to Thursday (another 16 hours). Maybe 32 hours a week doesn't sound too much, but when you factor in marking, lesson preparation and covering classes for absent colleagues, it makes for a very busy week. Also very frustrating is the fact that not all of the usual students can come to all of the lessons [see "half class attendance" above] - some are still at school, some are on holiday, some are cramming for exams, etc. So you never know how many students you'll have, or who will need to catch up, or whether you can do an exam, or if the class will be cancelled five minutes after it starts. It throws my normally very ordered lesson preparation into chaos. After three weeks of such stress, we qualify for three weeks of "holiday". And I think I'll need it!
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