Keep Calm and COVID On

True confessions: I haven’t completed my book order yet for fall 2020. Yes, I’m one of those faculty members. I just found out that I have to comply this week so I will. Reluctantly.

But here’s what I’m not doing right now. I’m not prepping my classes, adjusting my syllabi, and definitely not thinking about all the things that may or may not happen in this dumpster fire of a year.

Yep, you heard me right. I think one of the worst things we can do right now is try to outwork or outsmart contingency. That is just worrying on paper, and worry never helps. Now again, if you love prepping and perfecting your classes amid pandemic uncertainty, then go for it! But if turning toward this work right now kills your soul a little, then don’t do it now. It will be right there for you at the end of July or the beginning of the month that shall not be named. This is not procrastination. It’s soul care.

Soul Before Syllabi!

We are now just a few days away (again???) from the-month-that-shall-not-be-named, and what are you doing, fellow educator? Are you frantically working on syllabi? I am–but only because I’m committed to some work and other travel in the first two weeks of the month, so I have to prepare earlier than usual. If this is

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Are you on the edge of burnout?

You are not alone. This last semester was the most difficult semester I’ve encountered in my teaching career, which explains why I haven’t written in my blog in a long time. But recently I have been researching the issue and visiting a couple of places and talking with faculty about burnout. Here’s the bad news:

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Queen Anne's Lace

It’s back….the month that shall not be named!

Well friends, the Queen Anne’s Lace is out and the month has arrived: fall classes are on the way! What are you doing to get ready for for the year ahead? Hopefully not a lot of syllabus work. What I mean is, what are you doing to get ready for it spiritually? I’m headed to

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