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Spontaneous combustion

Today in class, Cmac and I showed a video clip of Bob Marley performing. Then we talked about Marley's lyrics and his focus on social justice. Then the students told us about social injustices they would like to see corrected. They told us, with great feeling, about truly important things in their lives.

Then Chris showed a video about the importance of wonder, the importance of gratefully viewing every day, every moment, as a unique gift. (sahlah posted the video earlier this week.) I had never seen it. At times, my jaw literally dropped.

Then class was over.

Everything had been spontaneous.

This is a writing course. And that is what we talked about today.


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Jan. 31st, 2013 04:56 am (UTC)
It was a good day.
Feb. 1st, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
Sometimes, I just think it's too cool that we spend our days sitting around and discussing IDEAS.
Feb. 1st, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
I should note that most of the students were disappointed because we weren't talking about subject-verb agreement.
Feb. 1st, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
You apparently have my dream class.
Feb. 1st, 2013 02:34 am (UTC)
We walk into class and they start chanting, "An-te-CE-dents, an-te-Ce-dents."
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