August is usually my favorite month.  I love the start of the school year.  I love buying school supplies.  I love getting ready to face a new groups of students.  This year, however, I am not looking forward to this month at all.  It is largely because if the fact that I do not know how many, if any, students I will have.

I have planned all my courses, prepared all my syllabi, but it now appears that, if I have students at all, they will be at a lower level of proficiency than the courses are currently designed for.  Not a huge deal.  I can re-do the courses.  But I am not going to do it until I know for sure what is going on.  And that won’t be until the students arrive.  They should be here before the end of next week so I can test them and we can get them registered.  But I don’t think even one has a plane ticket yet.

This year I am not really looking forward to the month of August at all.  I am actually just hoping to get through it!


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