The middle of the semester can be rough. For students, there is work to be done. Lots of it. Assignments due. Tests. Mid term grades being released. The bulk of the semester’s work underway….which means there are often larger, culminating assessments lurking.
For faculty, it’s the growing pile of assessment and the challenge of getting it all back in a timely fashion with the meaningful feedback that will allow students to improve. It’s the tweaking (or complete revisiting) of a course to meet student need while remaining true to the Learning Objectives.
In short, it can be an intense and stressful time for everyone.
Time, I think, for John Cage‘s 4’33” (hyperlink)
For more, read The Piano in my Life’s What Silence Taught John Cage: The story of 4’33”