Friday, August 31, 2007

[Guilty Grades and Golden Air]

The first journal entry for my two GTA classes was due today, and I found myself conflicted.  It appears I have guilt issues--I feel guilty for marking down assignments that are turned in late, even when I know perfectly well that I made the due date as clear as I possibly could each day in class this week, by email, and in the syllabus!  Oh, no worries, those of you suspecting that I'm a wuss after all.  I'm doing what I said I would do.  But gosh darn it, I just want all my students to do well in my class!  Does that make me a hopeless pie-in-the-sky idealist?  Perhaps.  

I'm not, however, naive.  I can, when necessary, face and accept reality, and I have.  Every student in my class will NOT get an A.  The choice and responsibility is up to them.  

All the same, it is rather depressing.  

Oh-my-gosh!  Have you felt the weather outside tonight?!  It's sheer heaven!  The lower sixties!  Windows open!  My dog feels great, and so do I!  It's on nights like this one that I once again have faith that my beloved autumn is just around the bend.  For once, I'm at home and I don't have a splitting migraine *knock on wood*!  

Well, I can't think of anything else to say--or perhaps I'm merely unwilling to sacrifice this opportunity to simply sit back and breathe this majestic pre-fall air.   

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