But work nevertheless follows me. Maybe because I forgot to activate the vacation notice on my email account...
A colleague asked me to switch classrooms. We are both teaching large undergraduate classes. He has been assigned a classroom in another building that is a 10 min walk from the one where our classes usually are (and which is also very very close to our offices). However, he has some materials to lug with him every time and wants to switch classrooms with me. I really don't want to and I am honestly upset that he even asked me, because it's a no-win situation for me. If I switch, I am screwed (I have never taught in that new building, I am not sure if they even have enough board area for the chalk-and-talk teaching style that I espouse and I cannot check now as I am on vacation, and I have meetings before and after class so the 10 min commutes instead of 2 min will make me constantly late for everything...) If I don't switch, I am uncollegial and will not be in this guy's good graces when the time comes that I need something from him. (I know, I am getting major hypocrisy points right here.)
If I were in that situation, I would not even ask anyone to switch. Instead, I would try to find a place in the new building where I could put the materials during the semester, like the administrative office or something. Yes, I actually resent the fact that he asked me to begin with. I am for the time being ignoring his request until I decide what to do (if you knew me in real life, you'd know that not responding is very unlike me; but I am actually listening to my husband this time and not reacting). I have contacted our staff person in charge of schedule to see if there is any way that he could ask someone else or if they could move me into another location within the preferred building instead. I would like to help him (actually, I would mainly like to not look like an evil bitch), but I really really don't feel like doing it. I also really don't want to be known as the doormat and God forbid entice a flurry of similar requests later on.
So what say you, blogosphere? Switch classrooms or not?