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A few weeks ago, I shared how I provided feedback and graded assignments for an intensive course I facilitate. Short version: An intense course has intense assignments and my process for review and critique are intense.

That course has ended this semester and I am left with another set of assignments to process. The end-of-course essay is even more challenging, so I provide more time and space to do this.

Given that we are effectively in a lockdown to counter the spread of COVID-19, I thought it prudent to just tackle one assignment a day instead of my usual two. Spreading this out gives me something mentally stimulating to do every day.

I could go faster, but that would compromise the integrity of the grading process because I might be tempted to complete the race instead. Just like staying physically apart now for physical health, I keep my grading efforts a day apart for mental health.

Added after the fact: I have completed the grading ahead of schedule and well before the administrative deadline. I only have administrative tasks ahead. Here is looking forward to jumping through hoops!

I tweeted this yesterday because I have been reflecting in my blog while bed-ridden with a fever.

I was not exaggerating or taking creative license when I said that thinking and typing hurt. A hot head, sensitive scalp, and headache made it hard to think. My achy joints helped me empathise with someone with arthritis.

Looking at my daily entries from this week alone, I realise how my fevered pitches were riddled with construction errors and logical gaps. I have tried correcting what I could find, but I am sure that some persist.

So have I learnt not to blog when I am ill? No. The only time I stopped blogging was when I was hospitalised briefly in 2014. Then I did not have my tools or my wits about me.

Reading and openly reflecting is a discipline I have developed over the years. It should take a lot more than a fever to prevent me from doing this.

Not that I wish to tempt fate. I am perfectly fine with the universe leaving me to muddle about with my mundane thoughts.


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