We’ve just finished up our Spring semester here at the University of Redlands (we have what’s called May Term starting next monday for 3 and a half crazy weeks). Things have been incredible stressful at the University (some professors are going to be cut), and I was extremely glad to see this semester over. As I was working through my final grades, I stopped and noticed that those 32 names (I teach 2 lab/lecture classes each semester with 16 students in each) on my grade sheet had become 32 individuals whom I’ve grown to know and enjoy this semester. I have quite a problem remembering names, it’s one of my things, but it was neat to stop and spend a moment realizing that spending so much time with these folks, (who don’t want to take a science class, and usually have put it off til the last second) I now know who they are – not only their name, but a bit about their lives. And I’m glad to have been part of it.
Here’s a picture from the final poster session from one of my classes:
alamodestuff Linda has started a weekly meetup based on taking a moment each week to really notice something as you go about your daily grind life. I need to do this. You may want to too – read more about it here: