Thursday, October 05, 2006

New Stuff . . .

It's been a month of (more) new stuff. Teaching a full load, having a minimum of 30 students in a face-to-face classroom, walking across campus to class (I almost forgot how that felt). My days are still jam-packed with work on both sides of the podium, making time for my family, and ensuring I keep Starbucks in business :-).

And I have never experienced the death of a student. I'm not sure how it's supposed to feel, but I know it feels different. I encourage all the students in all my classes to get to know each other, as I attempt to do the same thing with them. I think it makes it easier to discuss things in and outside of class, and I know it helps the learning process in some way. To find out on Monday after class that one of your students was in a fatal traffic accident on Sunday is not something I expected . . . but it happened.

Goodbye Ashley! Tell the angels we all said hey.

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