September 22, 2004

The Perfect Drug

I'm not sure what's ailing me, but I've been knocked out by low energy lately. So much so that on Tuesday I closed my office door and actually fell asleep on the floor for awhile. I dragged myself down the hall for my 4pm class, my pre-service-mostly-English-teachers class, and walked them through the process of creating their first web page. A few minutes into the class, I felt wide awake. I don't think anyone outside my head would have noticed, but I fell completely into the rhythm of teaching, all gears connecting, energy flowing exactly where it was needed. I was high on it. Endorphins washed away my fatigue. One of the students wanted to set up his own domain for some charitable work he's doing, so I stayed after class and walked him through the GoDaddy pages and by 7pm he had his own piece of internet real estate.

There's something about teaching. We're not in it for the money, so it must be this other thing that keeps us at it.



At 10:19 PM, Grace Lim said...

yes... agree with you thoroughly Prof Dodge... teaching is a noble job that keeps people going, not just for the money :-)

Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm & the love for teaching !

Take care.

At 11:16 AM, Laura said...

It is a kind of magic, I think.

One semester when I was in graduate school, I had the worst Mondays. I worked in a computer lab from 10 till 6, then had an hour to grab dinner and get revived for my 7-10 class. About 3:00 every day, I started to get fatigued and (some say) a bit grouchy.

But then 7 p.m. rolled around, and my students came in. I felt like the day was beginning again. I thought my sudden transformation was all in my head until a co-worker (working the night shift) commented that she wouldn't have believed that I could have been that energetic in my class that night. She just marvelled and asked me how I did it. I'm sure I stumbled something out, but I've not been able to remember it.

I've thought about that a lot, and I think the answer is that it's not something I do, it's something that teaching does to me.

Maybe that explains why I can do an 8 a.m. class every Tuesday and Thursday when the concept of 8 a.m. is against everything that I believe in.

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