I just finished marking my share of the first marking period on the class blog. Three of us have been working hard at it, and I have yet to align the grades. But based on what I have graded, my overwhelming feeling so far is disappointment. Very few students are really going for it. Obviously my job is to inspire them, to lift games, to make them go places they are not naturally inclined to go.
It is all so different to my day job with my research group, where I just need to make a few encouraging noises, get out of the way, and watch the best lift off.