On Tuesday, I had yet another throat dilatation surgery, to temporarily correct my idiopathic subglottic stenosis. It happened to be the nineteenth time, since 2006, that I’ve had this exact same procedure performed.
Today, I’m giving my General Psychology students their third examination of the semester. In proofreading the test, I noticed that I had two very similarly worded multiple-choice questions. I promptly brought this error to my students’ attention, and apologized for my mistake.
However much I may want to appear entirely free of ever making any mistakes, they still seem to happen. Perhaps I can blame my increasingly restricted airway for this examination error, perhaps not.
With or without my specific medical conditions, I’ve come to accept that it is alright to make a slight error. Doing so doesn’t completely diminish my worth as an instructor.
There’s also a valuable lesson here: having an instructor simply admit a mistake is beneficial, as opposed to making some sort of excuse for doing so. No one is perfect all of the time, after all.