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09 August 2015 @ 08:36 pm
No, no, no,no, no no, no, no, no no......  
So many deadlines are coming at me all at once that my instinct is to curl up and wail. Instead, I make the To-Do Lists and tackle them as best I can. I know the problem: somehow NO is not as big a part of my vocabulary as it should be. I agree to do a few extra PD sessions. I take on another committee assignment. I send a list of books to a former student who makes a special request. I am happy to do all these, really. But then I find myself in a time crunch trying to close up the work of the summer and get all the fall stuff ready to launch.

It will all get done. I know. Anxiety and stress is counterproductive. I know. As I put together the assignment screencasts for the fall classes, I try to infuse them with this sense of "it will all get done." I know the reading list is daunting, but you will be able to get it all read over the next 15 weeks. I know you can complete the other requirements for the class. I trust that students can and will be successful in the class.

Many years ago, an administrator told me I was giving out too many As in class. I was still a new employee at that point, but somehow I managed to draw myself more erect and respond that I did not give grades; students earn their grades. Did most of my students earn As? You bet! Is that wrong? How could it be? I hope each semester has not a bell curve, but I graph that looks like this:

with the peak representing the number of As in class. If that happens, then all the To-Do Lists are worth it; all the deadlines worth the stress and anxiety.