It's that time of the semester... assignments are pouring in, and I know you are all swamped with grading and, in some cases, finishing up summer course revisions, course copying, etc. as well. This is a tough time of year in part because everyone gets tired and cranky, and our students get full of annoying and exasperating excuses. So for those of you who like inspirational quotes (personally, I have an irrational fondness for them), here are two to help get you through this tough week:
"Do as much as you can and take it easy." (Jara Julku)
"Your own negativity, or others' around you, can very easily sink beneath your feathers and into your skin. It can sap you of your energy, strength, and imagination. So waterproof yourself. Flip it, and look at the bright side. Or if that fails, stuff your fingers in your ears and sing loudly." (Mina Parker)
Good luck this week! And if it helps to vent, post a comment with your most annoying or humorous student excuse.