Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lisa-Marie's Suggestions for End of Semester and Ruminations on a Hurricaned Semester

Photo by Bob Brinkmann.
My friend and colleague, Lisa-Marie Pierre wrote a blog post about what professors wished students knew at the end of the semester.  You can see it here on her blog.  I think it is a terrific list.

This is a tough time of the year for many of us in the academic world due to the various deadlines of courses, committee work, and publication commitments.  Plus, there are a million social obligations.

The hurricane really set me behind as well.  I cannot think of a semester when I have been so behind on so many things--all the time working as fast as I can.  I know that I am not the only person in this situation.  So many people I know at Hofstra and other northeastern schools are feeling the pinch.  So if you are expecting something from me or haven't had an email returned, forgive me.  I'll be on it as soon as I can.

Our students are feeling the pressure as well.  So, I have been a little lighter with the red pen this semester and a bit gentler in my comments on papers at the close of the year.

We've all been hurricaned a bit and could use a bit of extra kindness.

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