So the first significant step toward producing the difficult (but carefully scaffolded) Big Paper (which is noticeably different from the "research papers" many of my students have written umpteen times before, and would be happy to produce/recycle one more time) is due in class tomorrow. Some substantive questions are landing in my inbox, which is fine (there's nothing like a deadline to concentrate the mind, and we can usually make some progress in a round or two of messages), but I'm also receiving a lot of emails asking me to "clarify" what's due tomorrow, even though it's spelled out in great detail (with bullets!) in several places the course materials (which are online, on a site that uses the same password as email, so they haven't lost them). Call me cynical, but in the absence of any sign of weather that might close school, I think the underlying message of many of these emails is: "please tell me I don't really have to think about all the stuff we've been discussing for the last month, and apply it to coming up with an idea of my own, sometime between now and tomorrow morning."
I think I should aim for an early bedtime tonight. Something tells me that tomorrow is going to be a tiring day (and that I really don't want to see the emails that come in at 2 a.m. tomorrow morning. I'm guessing that's when the messages from people who suddenly discover they can't make it to class tomorrow will start showing up).