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I love these days

It has been a brutal 8 weeks. Administrative phoo. No contract. Screwups with my paycheck. Me sick. Colleagues sick. Kids sick. Weather that seems to conspire to really play hell with my MWF classes. So need Spring Break.

So, 1 o'clock class, Friday of Spring Break.

3/4 Full. What? Are you serious?!?! Swear to God!


But even better, after class a student who had been sick came up to my office. After we finished business he said, "I love your class."

"Thank you."

"No. Really." Beat. Beat. "You have to understand. You've really opened my eyes. Black and white films. Westerns....See, I come from an Italian-American family, and if it isn't the Godfather films, or Goodfellas...it just doesn't happen. I got Netflix because of Double Indemnity. After you showed it I wanted to see it again. I loved it--it was amazing!"


"Thank you."

There was more. Since he's been laid up for 2 weeks, and now can stream Netflix, he's watched slews of movies, and we talked about some of them. And...just...wow.

And now, suddenly, going back on the 20th is something to look forward to.

I love these days.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 12th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
I love it when you know you had a positive influence one somebody
Mar. 12th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
Makes it all worth while, neh?

My teaching isn't anywhere the same level, or arena, as yours, but I purely love seeing that "light bulb" click on.
Mar. 12th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
I figure the ratio is 1:30 One moment like that make up for thirty of the block heads.
Mar. 12th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
Mar. 12th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
We had a discussion about cultural appropriation yesterday in class made up for a lot.
Mar. 12th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
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