April 29 Day 52: The Beginning of the End?

Some academics are in the home-stretch of their semesters. They already have had or are about to deliver their last classes of the Spring. They are working on finals (or perhaps, forgoing finals altogether). I am always a little jealous of friends on semester systems with early end dates. Being on quarters, I will be one of the last over the finish line.

I find remote teaching draining both physically and emotionally. The energy that I invest in creating a community, dissipates into the ether and I see little return on the investment. I want learning to thrive and my students to survive these extraordinary times, so I continue to give what I can. Six more weeks…just six more weeks. I can do this. I will do this.

But what will the end of this crisis look like? Is getting to the end of the 2019-2020 academic year enough? Probably not. But for now, that is as far ahead as I can focus.

I’m not resentful if you are finishing your semester soon. Honest. I look forward to a time when we can celebrate and reminisce about the crazy things we did to get through this pandemic together.

Dandelion Image by HG-Fotografie from Pixabay

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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