I always wondered why so many professors set the due date for the final essay for the last day of class. I always set my due date before Thanksgiving break, which gives me a chance to grade the essays, return them to students, and get the ones who did really badly to rewrite them. In the last week of class, I have too much things to do to worry about grading.
Now the mystery has been solved. It turns out that people wait until the last moment because they don’t want the bad grades they give out for the essays to influence the teaching evaluations students write.
I, on the other hand, always get great evaluations no matter what, so I don’t need to care.
Please forgive the self-congratulatory tone. I’m very tired, and that’s my way of boosting my energy.