I spent all weekend in grading jail, and now I'm out! At least until Friday.
I gave midterms last week (in two different courses), and had several students not take them for a variety of health-ish reasons. And because some of those involve time to get better, they weren't able to schedule makeups until this week, after I'd given back midterms in class and gone over them (I can't see making 20+ people wait to get midterms back because one or two people were ill). So I had to write two new midterms. And I'm willing to do that, and did it, and without complaining to the students, but dang, it's frustrating to have to write make up midterms.
I was talking to one of my colleagues about it, and he said it feels like we're having more students with mental health issues. That may be. Is that your experience?
Of course, we want students with mental health issues to get the help they need, to not feel stigmatized, and to succeed.
But, for example, that means we have to write extra midterms, so it takes extra time. And we're all already working more than 40 hours a week. Where does the extra time come from?
I guess the questions for me are: are other folks seeing more students with mental health issues (and having those issues require additional work for instructors and such)?
How do you balance the additional needs of those students with all the other demands on your time?