The last two weeks of the semester before the finals are my favorite time. All the major teaching, prep, and grading work is done. Now we have entered what I call “the cozy time of year.”
It’s a priceless moment, from the pedagogical point of view, because I can come together with the students in the relaxed atmosphere of knowing each other well and being able to learn without as much stress and pressure as usual. If it weren’t +20°C here, it’d feel downright Christmas-like.