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I like teaching because every semester is a fresh start. I can try new tactics, change old ones and stick with ones that work. Fresh faces will bring fresh energy to one course this semester; in another, I'll be working with students who were in class with me last semester. This is good because we'll be more comfortable with one another.

I tried a radically different approach to one of my courses last semester and received the best student evaluations I've ever received. This semester offers the opportunity to do it better. Teaching a course can always be done better.

The new semester starts tomorrow. I'm ready—and eager. It will be difficult to sleep tonight.

* Jethro Tull fans will recognize the title

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sahlah
Jan. 19th, 2015 12:55 am (UTC)
Happy first day of school
gala-apple
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 19th, 2015 02:28 am (UTC)
Re: Happy first day of school
Thanks! I work with great people and love working with students.
anita_margarita
Jan. 20th, 2015 05:03 am (UTC)
Teaching a course can always be done better.

I remember a few teachers who got stuck and never changed, and were clearly just biding their time. It was a waste of their time and the time of the students.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 20th, 2015 12:21 pm (UTC)
I've heard stories about professors taking their lecture notes out, and the pages crackled.

I'd get bored teaching courses the same way twice—or more.

Thank you for all of your comments on my posts, by the way. It seems to me that LJ has less vitality than it used to, or maybe it's because I've pared my friends list.
anita_margarita
Jan. 20th, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
I noticed only about 1/3 of my friends list actually posts any more, so I have made a concerted effort to be more active. Most of us here whinge about LJ being a ghost town compared to a few years ago, but unless we step up ourselves, it'll just get worse.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 20th, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
Right you are. I don't often post terribly profound things, but I'm trying to get something on LJ at least once a day.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
With your niece about to step into that world in the not too distant future, I am going to encourage her to pick your brain about teaching, Sherry's and Jeff's too. She talks to me about her classes, etc., and I am amazed at the curriculum and subjects that she is being exposed to as an education student. It is comforting to know she will have you as resources.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 22nd, 2015 10:56 pm (UTC)
Anything good that I do in the classroom I learned from my wife.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 23rd, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
Oh come on. Even the shoe thing?
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 23rd, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC)
OK, OK—I stole the shoe thing from somebody else.
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