I should just give in and quit trying to teach until the last day of the semester (Today). All it does is boil my oil and put stress on all the connections that hold this place together...
Silly me, I spent the last full week of the semester cramming in another unit, with tests, etc in almost all my classes. Teach till the end, they say. The last two days of the semester my Freshman and upperclassmen had to grade SAE books, and proficiency application's (not the full ones... yet) but just the parts of both I had assigned to be completed. IN AUGUST. And gave them bits and pieces of time all throughout the semester to work on them, ask questions (practically none did), and generally have them completed. After Thanksgiving, I had 'the talk'with them about personal responsibility and completing work that was not rigidly scheduled, but supposed to be completed on time, yada yada yada. Continually trying to ease them along.
So the piece of cake I thought I was feeding them turned into the 'hot mess' of the century (borrowing a new phrase from a MN, now IA friend). Not only had many of them completed diddly, but pulled the "I didn't know what to do" card. Horse feathers! I ain't buyin' that today!
So instead of getting in the Christmas spirit, I was channeling the Grinch on a bad hair day for two days straight. Sigh... Bah Humbug.
Maybe I should have just shown a video for a week or played hopscotch for that matter.... to be fair, it now looks like after I raised the rafters, almost 80% are now completed, scrambled to be done, as they did. And the last bits I will have captive for an hour and a half to complete what they have missed after the semester tests. PAY ME NOW, OR PAY ME LATER; BUT you will PAY ME.
Semester tests start tomorrow for two days, and I doubt the expectations I have half warily laid out there will be met either.... another sigh.
Next semester will be better. (Aren't I the typical farmer?? "Had that flood, but next year will be better"... LOL)
I guess it can't get worse.