Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night worrying about work? Feel that you have really “earned something” only after a session teaching? Or think about the learning process over the washing-up?
If so, you are not alone, according to a series of accounts academics have written about their daily lives.
To inform Share, a research project that is investigating the ways in which academics around the world represent, share and change their teaching practices, university teachers are being invited to keep a diary on the 15th day of each month over the course of a year.
The first batch of diary entries – extracts from which have been published in a newsletter to contributors – reveal what was on participants’ minds on 15 September.
For one, the day began at 4am with sleep broken by “worrying about the tsunami that is the new academic year that is going to hit us in two weeks”.
Other diarists blur the boundary between home and work, “checking emails while in my nightie” or “answering emails from my sofa” at 6.45am.
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