I spent my day in the corner. My first period class spent the day working on notes for their research papers while the rest of my classes were hard at work filming and stitching together their satire projects. Neither project is due for about a week, so I didn't have to nag, though neither project has shown signs of cohesiveness yet either. In other words, the deadline is so far away that I'm giving students the freedom to thrive or slack...but I'm also not comforted because I haven't seen many final results yet. I'm intentionally taking myself out of the picture so that students can work alone...in groups.
As a "Type A" person when it comes to completing work and assignments, I'm always frustrated watching others takes their time. For me, if something is due on Friday, I finish it by Tuesday so I can spend Wednesday and Thursday relaxing...and helping other people. If something needs to be five pages long, I make sure it's five and half so it looks like I did more than expected. The notion of wasting any sort of time doesn't make sense, yet it's usually students' go-to maneuver. I could nag them every step of the way, but then they wouldn't really be learning anything; they'd just be following orders.
And so...I'm stuck in the corner. I see coming problems that I don't want to fix just yet, though I also see solid work I don't want to stifle. I see some students who are thinking too big and will ultimately need to curb their expectations, and others that need to improve their situations soon or else they'll be redoing the assignment. It's almost like I'm making a documentary about an antelope running from a lion...I could help the antelope live; but it's meant to survive it needs to do so without me. Otherwise, the second the movie is over, the lion will feast regardless.