One of my schools starts next week. I have the class up and running, ready for NEXT week. Today is THIS week, and I have just come home from a Christmas vacation. I am tired from the holiday season and trying to get ready for NEXT week.
While I appreciate the unbridled enthusiasm of one of my students, that individual is already turning in week three documents. The document is not due for FOUR weeks and the person turned it in today. Groan.
The good news is that it is not a paper for which I have not given instructions yet, so the person did not mess up the document. The good news is that person is, indeed, ahead of the class.
The bad news is that I am not ready for week three documents yet, having not yet even typed up my class roster so that I can give credit for the submission.
The good news is that this person is not the one guy who took my class a few semesters ago. He tried to turn in all eight weeks’ worth of work in week one. Can you say “purchased his papers online” three times fast?
The point here is that it is fine to check into class early (say, three days or so) but don’t overdo it. I am not impressed by having to start a class one week early for one person.