Ancrene Wiseass

A would-be medievalist holds forth on academia, teaching, gender politics, blogging, pop culture, critters, and whatever else comes her way.

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Yes, this really is yet another blog by a disillusioned grad student. I sympathize, but that's just the way it has to be. For hints as to what my bizarre alias means, click here and here and, if needed, here and here. To get a sense of what I'm up to, feel free to check out the sections called "Toward a Wiseass Creed" and "Showings: Some Introductory Wiseassery" in my main blog's left-hand sidebar. Please be aware that spamming, harassing, or otherwise obnoxious comments will be deleted and traced.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

A martial-arts lesson

I used to think that, ideally, teachers should be taking classes as they're teaching classes, because being a student helps them remember what's effective in the classroom and reminds them of the value of practicing patience with those students who deserve it.

Now, I think that teachers should ideally be taking classes in something at which they are not naturally gifted while they're teaching.

It's a distinction that absolutely makes a world of difference. Whereas I might have demonstrated patience with struggling students before, I'm much more likely to actually be patient now.