I've got it as bad as the students do. They seem to have lost all pretenses of civilized behavior - hello, is there NO ONE who has heard of the concept of "knock, please?" - and my patience has been completely shredded. And it's only quarter after eight in the morning.
Also, I fussed at my sophomore class pretty heartily when I saw that after two full days in the library, some of them had apparently managed to PRETEND TO WORK the entire time, because despite several people circulating the work area & asking them what they were working on (myself, two librarians, and my student assistants) they do not have the information that they were supposed to find.
Also also, I feel like I'm being tugged in fifty-leventy different directions at once. Right now, it's because I'm collecting work that I don't see how I can possibly grade. I mean, not even for completion. Just the THOUGHT of even LOOKING at it makes my head hurt. In *each* of my Journalism 1 classes, we're workshopping their articles as a class. We've streamlined things enough that we're discussing four articles each class period. To keep students from completely BSing, I gave them a list of What To Look For and said they darn well better at least address each point on the list. So now I have these huge stacks of paper and I don't even want to look at them, not even grading them just for completion.
I mean, I keep hearing it said that as long as students are writing enough that you can get all of it graded, you're not having them write enough. BUT. I have a principal who says that if it's worth assigning, then it's worth grading. Well dammit, what am I honest-to-goodness supposed to do?!
Stick a fork in me, because I am DONE.
And there's still four weeks to go with students. FML.
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