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  1. I haven't seen any difference in the level of work from my English students this year. I do see increased stress levels and increased confusion. They all have more online classes and hybrid classes which my University doesn't normally allow freshmen to take. I can see the potential for that stress and confusion leading to lower quality work - they just don't have the mental capacity left to work in the midst of the stressors.
  2. Since I posted this I added a second job. I will now be teaching 6 hours at the local state U in addition to 7 hours at the CC. Both schools offered me another class beyond that, but I had already committed to both, and teaching 19 hours sounded crazy, so I just held on to my original 13 hour commitment. All my classes are still officially seated, but for all but one, they are either supposed to be hybrid or I have permission to make them hybrid, reducing the number of students in the classroom at a time and replacing some class meetings with Zoom meetings.
  3. Neither of the schools where I'm teaching this fall are continuing the P/F option, although both offered it in the spring. In my mind, the reasons for P/F last spring were dramatic shifts in course delivery & assignments that didn't match the syllabus and for some students there was a significant negative impact. This semester, our syllabi all include language warning that all classes could go online and grading may change to accommodate that shift. Also, students without internet or computer access at home that were negatively impacted last semester are forwarded this semester.
  4. I do think it is important to consider if the school returns to seated classes next semester or next year, if he wills still want to attend. That said, this might be just the opportunity he needs to ease in, get to know a few students and professors a little, hoping that when seated classes resume, he will be more comfortable and willing to attend. If he is sure he doesn't want to go in person next semester or next year, then be sure that the program he is part of will have an online option long term. Most CC's offer online programs and continue enrollment right up until classes start, so being late to the party is no problem. Many other U's have a good selection of online programs as well. You are right, for many colleges enrollment is down this fall so there are probably more possibilities open at this point than there would normally be.
  5. My youngest graduated this spring with her BSN and I graduated with my MA in English lit. It was really hard on my youngest not having a graduation. She didn't want a graduation of any kind after homeschooling, but this was going to be her one big moment, and it's gone. That's ok. She passed her NCLEX and started working as a nurse. The moment passed, but life goes on.
  6. I'd estimate 14 rolls spread between 3 bathrooms. I normally by 12-packs of Charmin mega rolls. When TP first became unavailable, I didn't worry, then I bought one 12-pack at Aldi's because it was available and I was getting low. The next time I bought was when I could get Northern in my normal weekly Wal-Mart pickup order. I won't let my supply get as low as I used to any time soon, but I've never stockpiled and won't start now.
  7. They are scheduled for in-person in the fall. Having experienced taking classes online in an emergency last semester, I will design them to be easy to move online at any point. I would be surprised if it doesn't happen at some point in the semester. All it would take is one person in the class testing positive an the whole class would be quarantined. 🤷‍♀️
  8. I finished my MA in English Lit in May. I just got hired to teach classes at the local community college for fall which was my goal when I went back to school. Good luck to everyone who is still in progress!
  9. I'll answer this one - if the student is smart, they are regularly backing up to cloud storage, whether that is provided by the University, purchased from Google, Apple, or any of the host of options that charge just a few dollars/month. Then they will be able to use the school computer lab, accessing everything that is in progress from there. I will suggest avoiding Chrome Books. Most of my students with Chrome Books are very frustrated with them. They have some compatibility issues with BlackBoard if the University uses it as their LMS. I wouldn't wait until they get to school, but I would make sure you've looked at the school and department websites to see if they have specific requirements. I would also set a budget and let him pick, giving him the option of adding some of his own money if he wants something nicer than what you're willing to pay for.
  10. This thread is making me glad I teach writing, not Physics. My dd has had proctored exams using ProctorU (or something similar). I teach one online section and one seated section of the same class, so taking both online would be easy for me, but I don't give exams.
  11. I'm so happy for you! This is such a tough thing to do and I'm super excited that you got in and are on your way!
  12. I'm a Truman grad as well. I think the strong liberal arts focus and somewhat high academic standards (the highest of all the state schools in MO) might make it a good fit. It is a small town and the school is just over her minimum size. It has a good reputation and isn't expensive, even OOS. When I was there, about 1/4 of the students were from Iowa.
  13. My semester begins Monday. What about everyone else? What are you taking? Are you excited? stressed? This will be my last semester. I'm taking YA Literature and Middle English. I'm teaching Introduction to College Writing and Writing 1 (online). I'm super excited about the semester! Who else?
  14. I finished my semester as a student. I'm still finishing grading; hopefully I'll have grades posted tomorrow for both the classes I teach. My semester was really good. It wasn't overly stressful in general, although I did complete my thesis and comprehensive exams in addition to my classes and teaching. Other good things that happened: I got accepted to speak at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association conference again this year; I had 2 professors offer me opportunities to collaborate with them on research projects, both should lead to publication and one will lead to another conference presentation (I'm probably not going to take that one though - more work than I'm up for and a bit outside my time period); my first reader on my thesis wants me to submit it for publication as well. All these opportunities make me feel like a "real" scholar. It has been very encouraging. Two more classes to take and two more to teach in the spring, then I'll graduate with my MA English Literature!
  15. Nursing schools have some unique formulas for acceptance as well. Dd's school based acceptance on GPA and Quality points. Your quality points were the hours * the grade points (so like the total grade points before you average it). The more hours you had grades for, the higher your quality points. Students don't receive quality points for courses they test out of with AP, IB, etc. So, although the school officially takes those credits and the nursing program will take some of those credits, the more you have the less likely your application is to get accepted. It is a bit weird - but like I said, nursing programs have some unique formulas. Be sure your dd looks into the details.
  16. My ds graduated from Drury in May. I was thrilled with his experience there and he was too. I also attended one semester of online classes before starting back for my Master's degree. That is a totally different animal, but my experience there was positive too. The professors were fantastic. The class sizes are small, and students have the opportunity to do about anything they want to do - faculty is very supportive. The biggest downside that I'm aware of is that the variety of classes offered is smaller, in proportion to their very small size. However, professors will setup independent study, projects, research opportunities etc that go beyond course offerings (at least they did in the English and Mulimedia departments). If you have any specific questions, feel free. I'm not around TWTM much anymore, but feel free to send me a message
  17. Congratulations! What does it mean to present a poster? Is there a display area or is it in some kind of session? Getting it all paid for makes it even sweeter! I presented a paper at a conference last year and I'm waiting to hear if I'll get to do it again. It was a great experience, and I really can't recommend it highly enough. I hope your conference is equally beneficial to you!
  18. I'm sorry that you're having to deal with so much right now Jenny, but I'm glad you made the decision to give yourself a little space. Take care of you first. School can wait.
  19. I stared back this week. I am teaching one online class and one T/TH class, then I'm taking a Shakespeare class and a Linguistics class. I think the workload looks really good and it should be a great semester, except that on top of that I'm taking comprehensive exams in October and my Degree paper also has to be in about the same time. I've been working on studying and writing all summer, so I'm in reasonable shape, but I'm guessing September and October are going to be pretty stressful as I try to finish those things.
  20. Oh that's bizarre! I just went to work on the BB site for an online class I'm teaching in the fall and it was GONE! I'd already set it up. There was more to do, but the site just totally disappeared. I'm so annoyed. I know these things happen, but while you are in an active class? That is a nightmare! I hope it all works out ok!
  21. This is us exactly. Neither of us has gifts as a love language. We don't buy them or give them to each other for any occasion. We do buy things for each other, but not as gifts and not for "occasions".
  22. Jenny you are on a role! Congrats on the job offer and I hope you love the extra class and it helps you make the decision about continuing on.
  23. I'm only taking two classes in the fall: Shakespeare and Linguistics. I'm pretty meh about both. This summer I'm working on my degree paper and I'll probably have to finish that in the fall. I also have comprehensive exams in the fall and just typing those words leaves me completely stressed out! What about everyone else?
  24. What are you taking? Are you excited? What else is happening next semester that you are looking forward to or dreading?
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