November 21 Day 258: There’s a Light

The end is in sight. For some it is already here.

Those clever administrators that decided to start the Autumn semester early so that their students could conclude the term before Thanksgiving are probably pretty thankful. Now it is a race to get the students home before things become worse and shut down further. My oldest is a junior at St. Olaf College; he has his last final on Tuesday and flies to Washington on Wednesday. I will be thankful to have him isolating at home for the worst of the winter’s infection spike.

For other institutions, students will head home at Thanksgiving to complete the term remotely (including remote final exams) as was planned from the beginning.

Others of us are on our regular teaching schedule, having committed to remote teaching from the beginning of the term. I have three more weeks of classes followed by final exams. For me, they will be oral exams…again. Calculus II this time with twice as many students as last Spring. I have a bit more time before I need to have those details worked out. But I do see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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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