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randomness - Jim Huggins
August 13th, 2008
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Clearing some random bits out of my head ...
  • Back in June, I made a rather obscure remark about firmly sticking my foot in my mouth, and hoping I hadn't done much damage.  Today I just found out ... that all is forgiven, and I didn't do any damage at all.  Whew.  Forgiveness is a wonderful thing.
  • So, I'm home alone all week (no kids, no wife) and what am I doing with this huge house all to myself?  Sitting at the kitchen table, watching the Olympics, and catching up on grading.  Sigh.  So much for all the big projects (which I knew wouldn't get done anyways, but still ...)
  • People like it when I talk.  This continues to amaze me.  This never used to happen before ... at least not as often.  I was at a meeting today and said, offhandedly, "you know, saying thank you is rarely a bad thing" ... and someone thought that was profound enough that she wrote it down in her planner.  I wonder what's going on here ...
  • Staying up late to watch the Olympics is really taking its toll on me now ... but it's only a couple of weeks, so ...

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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From:jkhuggins
Date:August 14th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
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Of a sort. I'm a university professor.
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Date:August 14th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
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Pretty much, yeah. I didn't object to the "teacher" moniker as much as the "school" one.

I deeply admire and appreciate my colleagues who teach at the primary and secondary level. My world is very different from theirs. Because my students choose to attend my university (and pay handsomely for the privilege), they are generally much more strongly motivated to engage in the learning process, which makes my job much easier. I don't have to deal with much of the "herding cats" that can characterize K-12 education. I have many fewer problems with disruptive students ... and in those rare instances, I can act to remedy the situation without eight tons of overhead.

In short ... my job's a lot easier, and I wouldn't want to pretend otherwise.
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