Most semesters, I teach two courses on line and two courses on campus. As the university has restructured class times/days, teaching two classes on campus has become difficult. I want to minimize the 90-mile roundtrip as much as possible, so I try to limit my time on campus to two days per week. That means I usually end up teaching 1 1/2-hour courses, but those slots don't begin until noon on Monday/Wednesday. The last time I did that (last spring), I ended up teaching one class from noon until 1:15, then another from 2pm until 3:15. That made for a long day.
This semester, I'm teaching three courses on line (all writing courses--gah!) and one class on campus at noon on M/W. I will have my four-day weekends back, but will still need to get up on Monday mornings. Hey, everything's a trade-off!
Since I became one of those intrepid souls who teach college courses on line, my life has expanded in unforeseen ways. I can spend more time at home--five days a week. My students have multiple ways to contact me, via Skype, IM, two email addresses and my office phone (messages go to my email inbox, and I can listen to them). So I'm still accessible, but I have time at home for baking, cooking, gardening...reading, even! I love it.
I blundered into teaching much the way I blunder into the rest of my life. I have a degree in secondary education, but I kept trying to find jobs that paid well that weren't primarily teaching. I should have just been a teacher. This lifestyle suits me well.
Most people think teachers have cushy lives. Hah, I say. I teach year-round; I have to design my courses with the course management software, monitor those courses, and constantly find ways to make them interesting and helpful. Plus, I grade papers. Oy, do I grade papers--some weeks, I have 90 or more essays and/or other assignments to grade. I spend anywhere from four to 10 hours a day reading/grading/returning emails, etc. Anyone who tells you that teachers have it easy obviously hasn't ever taught.
In spite of the grading, I wouldn't trade this career for any other.