Professors were asked to speak about their experience teaching this semester. 100% of people who spoke reported an extraordinary high rate of dropouts, extremely low engagement, apathy, and a sky-high of failures and incompletes.
My experience has been the exact opposite. For the first time in my whole career, I will have no Fs or unauthorized withdrawals (which is a grade we assign when a student stops showing up.) My teaching hasn’t changed. The workload in my courses hasn’t changed.
You know what is the difference between me and the people who reported all this? I’m teaching in person. I’ve had the best 3 semesters of my career since we came back from the COVID lockdown. Attendance, participation, and progress are sensational. I’m so energized by the student enthusiasm, I’m not even feeling the usual end of semester burnout. I was kind of stunned to hear everybody’s dropout numbers because mine are zero and zero.