1. Any historical generalization you make in class will come back to haunt you.
2. Essential paperwork always conceals itself beneath towering stacks of quizzes.
3. Students remember what you'd rather have them forget, and vice-versa.
4. Grading always takes three times as long as you expect.
5. MA theses normally arrive just before finals week.
6. It is impossible to persuade students that "these poems have many similarities and many differences" is not a viable thesis statement.
7. At the end of the semester, students are not necessarily in the mood for James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, or even Virginia Woolf. (Admittedly, you may not be in the mood either.)
8. Committee meetings happen.
9. Restarting the semester after Thanksgiving break tends to be easier said than done.
10. It is difficult to enthrall students with a lecture on compound-complex sentences.