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cbertsch
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The Burden of Presence
I've been meeting with students all week in one-on-one appointments. I almost always enjoy these encounters, however brief. But they exhaust me. I think it's because I have to adjust my approach for each individual. If I only have one or two meetings, that's not too dfficult. When I'm having more than that in unbroken succession, however, the labor of identification becomes arduous. I have to identify each student's specific interests and needs. In order to do so, however, I also have to engage in identification of the other sort, in which I imaginatively occupy their position. It's like watching an intense movie or play, almost. And yet, I wouldn't give this time-consuming task up for all the world. From my perspective, good teaching demands it.

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From: e4q Date: April 14th, 2007 10:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i miss that about teaching. and the showing off (lecturing)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 14th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I would miss it terribly, too. But I sure am through when I do it for a whole day, as I did yesterday!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 14th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

unbroken succession

Hi Charile,
Imagine doing something like this everyday for seven hours a day for an entire school year.
That's something like what it feels like to teach high school. Exhilarating and exhausting.
(Hope to talk to you soon!)
xo AW
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 14th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: unbroken succession

Oh, I am imagining it! I do love that part. I'm just old and get tired.
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