It never fails that toward the end of the semester, I begin to find my mind split between two realities.
- The current reality is full of students who are around me, attempting to regain lost ground (or hold their ground) as the semester comes to a close. These students may have had struggles throughout the semester, but suddenly realize that grades are an inevitable consequence of the actions, positive or negative.
- The alternate reality is one in which I am working diligently toward the next group of students, the ones who are yet to come. This is the one that goes perfectly–at least in theory. I spend my days planning how it will look, how assignments may go, what I will do, how students will respond…
Between these two worlds, I wander in and out, exploring how to improve what I’m doing currently, but also ever-mindful of what could be in the near future.
I’m curious if students feel the same sense of displacement, or if it’s only instructors.