Friday, December 30, 2005

Amazing students

I spend plenty of time thinking about how "challenged" my students are... but, I also have had some pretty good students this semester...

Here are my reflections on them and my wishes for them in the New Year...

L: who always had just enough attitude and was a good, honest barometer of what the class was or was not understanding. Had her in my 3rd class this semester and I'll miss her... maybe she'll do debate?? My wish for you in the New Year is for you to get the heck out of this state... go out of town -- and don't stop at the border states. See the mountains, oceans, deserts and the strange, flat places in between. Also -- go to THE BIG CITY, it really isn't murder-ville... and, mabye in 2007 you'll venture into Canada.

D: Hang in there... I'm so proud you finished the class after having your mom died suddenly, so you had to go to Africa for 4 weeks. I didn't need to see a copy of your airline ticket or anything... I trusted you not to be scamming me. I wish you peace and tranquility this year.

BJ & C: You two are a bundle of fun -- keep saving the world one dog or cat at a time. Your energy is infectious, keep it up. My wish for you is family tranquility. I know the siblings are a challenge... as is mom -- but you can handle it.

J: Thanks for the humor -- some profs may take your bluntness the wrong way, but it workes for me. Feel free to take another class, although it may be hard because I won't be teaching many nights... My wish for you is a semester of teachers who get you, you are much smarter than you think-- which is a refreshing change from some of your peers.

3 comments:

Professor Bastard said...

Factory - I'm so pleased you found my blog and decided to comment. I admire your passion for coaching debate and teaching. I wish I had the opportunity to work with debaters, but there's no squad here at Money U. You mentioned Rachels' texts. I like them very much, and have used them several times. They're simply excellent, but I've decided to give myself the challenge of working only with primary texts. To be honest, I don't know if my students are ready for it, either. I'll keep you updated as we go along. And I'll be a regular reader of your blog as well.

All best,
Bastard

Professor Bastard said...

Factory - I'm pretty sure at least one prison sentence was in my future if debate hadn't shown up. Literally the case. Unfortunatlly Money U. doesn't have a forensics squad. Maybe when--if--my position there is more secure in the future, I can attempt to start one. Maybe your kids can then make my newbies cry . . . You'll owe me a drink if that happens, because it'll be a long van drive home.

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

PB--

I've started two teams, one at BNCC and one at a snooty private school with more money than God... the sad thing is that BNCC funds us much better than snooty school.

It is also likely that Money U had a team at one point and cut it for some reason--- either financial or pedagogical... the debate circuits got pretty wild for a while, so if Money U isn't big on sending students to exotic locales to get trashed, they could have cut the team for that reason...

If it happens, I'll give you all my tips for getting stuff started on campus... you'd better be ready to coach it :) -- and, when BNCC beats Money U, we'll use the victory as a reason to get more funding... and we'll owe you the drink. You'll be able to console yourself as you'll be in good company by then -- we've beaten a lot of Big-Name schools so far :)...