She Wouldn’t Be The First Student To Complete Her Work While “Altered”

18 Responses

  1. Lil says:

    Whoa. Good luck to her with that plan. That’s pretty damn awesome as plans go.

  2. kmkat says:

    You are a wonder. (Just like your student.)

  3. ilyanna says:

    Thank you for your mercy. And good luck to the young woman in question. She is amazing (you are, too).

  4. I can only say here – bless her heart.

  5. Seriously? Ten seconds is all it takes to silence a blowhard? Cuz that’s not MY experience, being a prolific blowhard from way back.

    D’oh, perhaps I should have waited those ten seconds before setting my fingers on the keyboard to type this comment.

    Okay, lesson learned. 😉

  6. chlost says:

    I remember that feeling of being able to anything, and everything. For the most part, I truly did do most of it. Perhaps not exceedingly well, but passable. I hope she slows down just a tad to enjoy it a bit. Thank you for being such a supportive teacher….many are not, and many more are not interested in learning from their students. So many instructors feel superior and have nothing but disdain for their students. But I knew that about you…..you are exceptional, too.

  7. logo™ says:

    Oh Joc,
    you are the bomb, I wish my English teachers has been even half as amazing as you. Those ten seconds were well invested and though I have to say 10 seconds has often not been sufficient to work such magic in my own case I am delighted for her sake that you took them and to such good effect.

    Here’s hoping she manages to post something and that she has a supportive circle to help her as she juggles two of life’s pivotal demands— college writing and childbirth.
    I hope your students appreciate the gift they’ve been given in you.

  8. I love the ten second rule. THINK. You have given her a gift of affirmation. I wish I had your wisdom and kindness. You’re like Solomon with a vagina and you totally rock.

  9. Jess says:

    Solomon with a vagina, I like that. Your students are lucky indeed.

  10. Well, I, for one, love long, meaningful, witty and humourous posts like yours. The reality you describe is present-day Britain. The attention span is so short that you fear students might throw themselves on the floor if you so much as string two sentences together with a subordinate clause in the middle. Too much info for their tiny brains to digest. They go on overload and… well, the floor is a perfect solution.

    I wish you the best of luck with your plans.

    Greetings from London.

  11. Friko says:

    I’m glad you stopped to think. This young woman most certainly deserves a thoughtful rather than flippant, meaningless, glib, answer. Blimey, I can’t for the life of me see how she can achieve what she says she will.

    Being given to glib myself, it always surprises me when somebody actually takes time to genuinely connect with others. It is quite wonderful to be with someone with whom you can drop ‘glib’ and relax into calm and considered communication.

    As for blogs and blog readers: a pox on the skimmers and their ilk.

  12. Friko says:

    PS: Just now I read some of the comments here. QED

  13. lime says:

    dayum! bless her brand new mama heart for even caring about the rough draft under such circumstances. then again i can recall waking up from surgery when i had to have my arm re-assembled and some of the first words to my mother were, “please email my two online profs for me…” and bless your teacher heart for giving her whatever space she needs to learn both your lessons and the lessons of life.

  14. pam says:

    Do you think men will ever understand how truly amazing women are?
    I raise my glass to you, and her, and all those who juggle study,career and family.
    My brain turned to mush when I was pregnant and all I wanted to do was sleep. I continued to teach in between throwing up – the little children knew the cue to grabbing the empty ice-cream container from the art supplies and construction pile to rush it to me. I’ve never looked at dark blue icecream containers the same since, or life for that matter.
    Bless her heart, these new Mums have no idea what they’re in for in that birthing suite, and you are an angel to write what you did.
    This is a long comment.
    Thanks for sticking around for all of it!

  15. I recently had a student miss less than a week of school after giving birth and I was pretty darned impressed by that. I love your availability to your students–I am just the same.

  16. Monica says:

    You are so much a better teacher – and person – than most people!

    When I was pregnant with my first child ( 21 years ago!!!) I too was a student, and had it all planned out to give birth during the 1 week of autumn break, and then be back in school, with baby carriage and all. My German teacher just couldn’t stop laughing when I told her, and just went sure you will, Monica, sure you will ! and walked away, still laughing…

    you can imagine my 24 year old insulted self, thinking that teacher was just an old cynical fart…

    the fact that I did take a 6 months maternity leave has nothing to do with this story..

  17. Meg says:

    I love the absolute optimism possessed by this student. I love that she assured you she would meet the deadline. I love, love, love your ability to stop, breathe and craft a sensitive, worthy response. I say this because I am that student. When I was younger, I assumed that my superhuman powers could overcome any crazy obstacle in my path, despite all evidence to the contrary. Sometimes they actually did. Other times, I learned something. As she will.

  18. sweffling says:

    Teaching is truly a calling: a good teacher has influence way beyond his/her imagining. I am sure your message meant a great deal to your student, well done:)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *