It’s exam week, and at the moment I have exactly one unmarked assignment (for a paper due Friday). I didn’t lower my standards or assign less work; I did spend instructional time more strategically, with more in-class journaling, peer workshops, and conferences. I still have work on its way in and deadlines to meet, but at the moment I have a breather.
This winter I changed my weekday alarm tone to chirping birds. Now that real birds are singing early outside my window I’m waking up to them instead of my alarm — even on weekends. That’s not a bad thing.