A Year of Thanks

1 post a day for 365 days showing gratitude

an opportunity March 29, 2010

Filed under: work — courtsbrogno @ 8:05 pm

Last night, I slept rather fitfully, and this morning, I work up with anxiety, manifested in an upset stomach and a general feeling of unease.

Oh yes, it must be the first day of a new quarter. No matter how many times I have taught before, the first day of a new quarter/semester always has me a bundle of nerves. And it doesn’t matter how prepared I am or how confident I feel in the class I am teaching, I am still a mess that first day.

But I made it through my classes, knees knocking (I’m convinced podiums were invented to hide this) .

It was a great first day. I love looking at all the excited and nervous students. Granted, some student despise having to take a GE writing or argumentative writing course (the two classes I usually teach at the university), but I make it my personal mission to convince these students how incredibly important writing is not just in college, but in the “real” world as well.

There is such a sense of anticipation throughout the halls. It’s a new beginning for these new students. Perhaps they did poorly last quarter; now they have a chance to redeem themselves. Perhaps they have a particularity difficult course load; now is the time for them to prove themselves.  Whatever the case, there is an almost electric energy as I walk through the halls.

After I finish going through the syllabus, outlining what my course will entail, and answering any questions, the students leave the classroom. I usually take a moment to just stay in the room, as it is quiet and calm for a brief minute

I think of the opportunity I have to teach these students a valuable skill and to empower them with their own words and thoughts. I feel important–if only for a brief minute.

I am so thankful for the opportunity the first day of the quarter brings.  I  feel energized, enthusiastic, and  really believe–if only for 11 short weeks–that I can really make a difference in these students’ education. It’s an enlightening moment.

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