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1) Child Feeding Ducks (a progression of reactions) | originally posted September 30, 2016
Stage One: Utter Delight. Wow! There are ducks! And I have bread! And ducks eat bread! What a fortunate combination! I can't believe that you took me to the duck park, Mom!
(Keep reading here.)
2) Don't Forget the DID in DIDN'T | originally posted February 8, 2016
Right now, I'm sitting at the desk in our office, nursing a headache and feeling slightly overwhelmed. Though it's only Monday, I already feel behind. The weekend catapulted me into the week without much warning. I didn't get the house in order, I didn't make a significant dent in the papers I need to grade, and I didn't finish the two recommendation letters students asked me to write last week.
I could list a dozen more didn'ts -- things I didn't do, didn't finish, or in some cases, didn't even start. I'm good at noticing the didn'ts. (Keep reading here.)
3) The One Folder Everyone Should Keep | originally posted April 4, 2016
At the end of the semester when all parties, students and professors alike, feel overburdened, I find myself advancing through each day like a doctor in triage. I constantly assess my to-do list, judging what surely will die if I don't attend to it immediately and hoping that everything else survives in the meantime. (There are always a few casualties. Right now my sleep schedule, for example, could use resuscitation. Paddles! Bring me the paddles! Stat!)
It's frenetic and weary, which is a horrible combination, like being asked to sprint through sludge. You know that you should be progressing at a good clip, but you can't make your legs move at the right speed.
Yesterday, in the midst of this tiredness, I opened an email from a student in one of my public speaking classes. (Keep reading here.)