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!