January 11, 2010
I really need to take these earlier in the day, before I teach, instead of later when I’m worn out and rumpled and all the light is gone. Today was a rough day, as I woke up so sick I almost thought I wouldn’t make it to class. But, with only one class per week, we only have ten classes after today so I swallowed an insane amount of ibuprofen and took a 20 minute nap. It did the trick, but now I feel like I could keel over from exhaustion.
Good class today, though. I wish I could have taken some photos of my students while they drew, but we had a live model so no recording devices allowed (this is one area in which my teaching philosophy is definitely not “do as I say, not as I do”). Hopefully some of the homework drawings they’ll be turning in next week will be good enough to show. Perhaps I should try out a tough love approach, looking at the work they submit and telling them it’s not bloggable quality, in the same way Daniel W. Dingler once told me that all of the lithographs I’d done during a summer independent study with him were “horseshit”. But, although I can see a lot in my teaching style that comes from Dan, I can’t quite bring myself to say things like that to them; instead I just tell them the “my professor told me all my work was horseshit” story. I am, however, going to take a cue from something Daniel once did to me and tape sticks to their hands next week. JUST WATCH ME.
In related news, I’m already well on my way in establishing myself as the crazy professor. I might have said something to my printmaking students during our very first class about how buffet restaurants are an extension of Manifest Destiny. Oddly enough, they seemed like they got what I meant. Unless they were all just nodding their heads and biding their time until they could get to a computer and drop my class.
Posted by jodi on January 11, 2010 at 6.52pm