Thursday, September 13, 2007

Totally Tuckered

Today was one of those days when I realize I'm actually more than okay. My classes went really well. I got a good phone call. I helped a colleague proofread a project. And I handled a student issue well.

Sometimes, when I'm getting ready to enter a classroom, I wonder what the heck I think I'm doing, and why anyone would think I can teach. Today, I taught. I helped people learn, helped people put things together mentally. Some days I have my doubts, and it's hard to walk into a classroom. Today was almost magical for me. (And, I hope, for my students.) Today was why teaching is such a rewarding profession.

Every so often, you hear from someone unexpected about something you did. Sometimes, the feedback is a sort of thank you. Today, I got a phone call like that. The dominant metaphor used, though, was "standing in front of the train." So I'm not sure I want to reify that one. Remember the picture of the person who stood in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square? I admire that person's pure fortitude. But I don't think I could ever be that person, even metaphorically. I wish I could.

I had really great office hours. Two students, very different things to talk about, both good conversations. I love talking to students in office hours.

I'm tuckered. My voice is ragged; either from talking or I'm catching a cold (sort of rare for me, fortunately). But I did a lot of talking today (a lot of class time, and then outside of class, too).

One of the things with teaching a night class is that I try to keep good energy going, and then at the end, it takes me some time to wind down. I'm winding now, though.


  1. Go ahead and update your link to the blogger one. I am going to continue using this one, I think.

  2. Hey B,

    I luurrrrrrve days like that!

    Re: raggedy voice ... This might just be the frustrated soprano in me being annoying, but take some whole cloves, steep them in boiling water for about 5 minutes, remove the cloves and drink the water -- Tastes absolutely vile, but it will do wonders for your throat/voice.

    Either that or as much straight lemon juice as you can drink. Ick.