- Medium-sized errors in the syllabus (like, having the dates wrong)
- Forgetting to post readings online
- Spacing off my pop quizzes in one class until I'm cornered into doing them every single day until the end because there are only that many days left
- Late posting of essay topics, forcing me to renegotiate due dates
- Astoundingly poor organization of my methodology syllabus, to the detriment of my students, who need this information
- Complete inability to keep on top of the three grad students who are supposed to be turning in exams and thesis chapters before I go on sabbatical
Add to this the students' problems in paying for books -- one couldn't afford to buy the book, so he had gotten one from the library. Unfortunately, the library book was in the fourth edition, while I had assigned the tenth. Throw in the swine flu, the regular flu, and a nasty upper respiratory/headachey RINO virus, and low student and faculty morale due to furloughs, and you've got a recipe for disaster. I am dreading looking at my evaluations from this semester.
But this weekend, I just realized something else: part of the problem can be boiled down to four days; to be precise, the last four days before the semester began. Due to a confluence of circumstances, those four days were all I got to prep for my courses. And I think I've been paying for it all semester.
I need my upcoming sabbatical. But I'd also like a do-over on the semester.
**I only teach one night class.