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I got my first apple! One of my students brought me an apple this week. Another wrote a little message on her homework saying that she loved my class. And another student told me that she went out and bought a copy of a book I recommended during our creative thinking section so she could learn more. That really made me happy!

And ... there's a federal law out there that the schools in Florida just learned about that prohibits hourly employees from teaching because it's considered "overtime" even though it's a separate job title and a different department. So unless one of the other colleges in the area wants to hire me and I want to drive a hour to/from class I'm not going to be teaching any more.

I'm really sad! But on the bright side there will be no more conflicts with Dragoncon, GAFilk, family vacations, etc.

So this is my last class (unless I become salaried). We're gonna have a HUGE celebration at the end of it.

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alex
Sep. 29th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
Aww, that is so sweet!

Also, I am really confused about that teaching law. O_O How are you supposed to work?
madladyred
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
way longer explanation than warrented! :)
i still get to keep my day job, it's only the teaching gig i lost. i'm hoping i'll get another comment on rate my instructor - LOL - this is my last chance.

i have a normal full time job at the college in the enrollment services office. (i'm the person who evaluates all the incoming transcripts.) but since my masters is in education i'm considered qualified to teach college success so some semseters i take on an evening class :)

somehow a federal act that prevents businesses from not paying their employees overtime if they go above a full work load (40 hours or in our case 37 1/2) is impacting the colleges as well. so my working 37 1/2 hours in admissions plus the 3 hours a week teaching plus the class prep time which don't get reported anywhere but they know exist are putting me over and mandating the school pay me (and anyone else doing this) overtime. which, in this low economy, the colleges can't do.

i was told a college down south refused to obey the law on the basis that they've been doing it for years and it shouldn't impact them but were fined $800,000 by the government and my college can't afford that (we're small) so they are stopping the practice of letting their employees teach on the side.

i was also told the only reason the government caught on was because some teacher at some college actually tried to claim his class prep hours for overtime pay. so his getting greedy not only lost him his teaching gig it lost it for everyone else in the state :(
magnet5
Sep. 29th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Well, a shame, even though it obviously works out better for me to have your schedule more free. But even though it's all about me, it sounds like you were having a blast in class.
madladyred
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
yeah - i'm glad they are letting me finish it out. i've been enjoying this semester.

i'm curious about the repercussions. i'm sure there will be quite a few of us affected and there's some sort of hiring freeze as well as increased enrollment so it will be interesting to see how they handle a sudden need for more teachers...
sp4z26
Sep. 29th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
I got my first apple a few weeks ago. I almost cried!!! LOL It always struck me as cheesy, but it was quite heartwarming. Sappy at heart, I suppose.... :-p
madladyred
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
i know!!! that's exactly how i felt! :)

it was a good apple, too! i ate it while i was putting my stuff away.
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