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95 days and a baby

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments · 100 Days Project, Children, College students, Education, retirement, Teaching & Learning, time

I’m so excited this morning that I need to make a note before the afternoon passes!  And, the reality of today is that my Wednesdays are very full and busy so I’d best post now!

Today, at lunch time, I get to meet a newborn.  The baby is the child of one of our college’s alums and was a wonderful student of mine.  She was fabulous to have in class, and really challenged me to learn myself.  For example, in Creative Experiences for Young Children, where we learn and talk about bringing the arts to the early care and education classroom; she brought her love of Folk Art to us, even producing an amazing PowerPoint for us.  And, really to be honest, it’s not every day anymore that one gets to meet a newborn!

The other thing I have to accomplish today is prepping for classes tomorrow.  On days like this, I really do wish I’d learned to be a professor who could just pull the file marked tomorrow out of the drawer and lecture on whatever was in that file.  But, I have too much respect for my students as learners to do that.  Tomorrow in one class we need to talk about Math in early care and education, and in the other the role that observation must play in curriculum.  I need to tailor the hands-on activities to meet the needs of the students in those classes as well as convey the content.  I love doing this, and so I guess that’s why I can’t pull the file out of the drawer (although I do have a file with past activities I tried!).  But, it does take time to teach this way.

I guess teaching with respect is why I get to meet newborns of alums!

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