October 4 Day 575: Oops

It’s still early in the quarter so I hope that I will be forgiven my early mistakes.

I arrived to the classroom 30 minutes early to get all the technology set up. I am using Zoom to record the class, my iPad to screenshare to the meeting, and the computer projector to display everything in the classroom. Screensharing over Zoom is a little slower than casting directly to the projector but the recording quality is superior. Go figure.

Students were already in the room and writing homework solutions on the board when I arrived. Class hadn’t officially begun, but I think my internal clock started class in my mind. Afternoon classes are 2 hours long, 2 days/week at my institution. At quarter to 3 pm, I panicked thinking I only had 15 minutes of class to go (when in reality I had 45 minutes.) So I stopped what I was doing to let the randomly-assigned presentation groups for next week meet with each other, exchange contact information, and make sense of the coming assignment.

At 3:05 pm about half the class remained. I was madly trying to erase the board and prepare the room for the next class to enter, thinking they would be beating down the door any minute now.

“Class doesn’t end for another 25 minutes Professor Quinn.”

The words did not register.

“Why are you acting like class was over? There is still plenty of time.”

When it finally made sense to my brain I asked, “Why didn’t you say something earlier?”

“We thought you knew. ” Followed by “Can we just stay here and keep working together?”

Those that stayed put the time to good use. If I had been a little more on top of it, I could have put 15 more minutes to good use too. This is likely the only time all quarter they will get out this early. I will not make the same mistake again.

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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