My Best Teaching Is One-on-One


Of course, I team teach and do special lessons, etc.


But my best work in the classroom is after the lesson is over --
going one-on-one,
helping individual students with their assignments.


It's kind of like with computer programs, walking the client through hands-on.
The job isn't really done until the customer is using the program.


Thursday, September 8, 2016


I was getting ready to post some negative comments about Samuel Clemens's Roughing It, and I remembered that I sometimes think I shouldn't waste so much energies on negatives

Why is it that negatives seem to get better press?

Or do they just get more press, because it seems easier to get motivated past the friction when writing about stuff we don't like?

And why would it be that negatives tend more to push me, in particular to post blogposts.

Uhm, to post rants.


Well, until I typed the word "rant", I was thinking about my positive states of mind.

When I'm happy, I tend to be too busy being happy to stop to rant. Or too busy to post non-rant blogposts, even.

And maybe that's not such a good thing.


Well, anyway, what was that rant about Roughing It?

Roughing It is a very fanciful account of some of his journeys, embellished with rumor and tall tales that he made the effort of gilding even further.

He was having fun.

We should read it for fun, if we read it, and remember that some of his misunderstandings were deliberate -- maybe even meant as reverse psychology. (He talks about that sometimes in his writings.)

If we take his sendup of sacred things seriously, it is we who mistreat sacred things.

So never mind. The comments I was thinking of were not really necessary, anyway.

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