"i was out of town for two weeks and forgot to turn my paper in. can i turn it in now?"
(a week and some after it was due)
"what were x and y assignments?" i respond. "oh will you let me make up y assignment or not?"
(this like four hours before grades are due, and after i've already turned in my grades.)
mama says that the lesson to learn here is that i should invest in the students that are investing in the class and not invest so much worry in the students that don't seem to care. these are very wise words. i am going to try to incorporate them.
i started by problem solving my way out of some grading issues (corrupted files, files sent in the wrong format even though i've told them 158 times not to, etc.). then i went christmas shopping with my husband and saw invictus and ate chick-fil-a. it was awesome fun and i started to feel, ever-so-slowly, the weight of the last few months slipping off of me.
i'm so glad.