A Regular Day

Today, I finished Psychopolitics, annotated it for my research, and used it to prepare a lecture for tomorrow that I’m really excited about. Worked on my new book. Graded almost 70 quizzes but they were great, so it was a breeze. Blind-reviewed an article where I’m the main critical source. Went to the juicery, the DMV, and the orthodontist. Spent 3 hours outside with Klara and my friend. Heard great news about my book (see below). Read some Wallace Stegner. I’m feeling super energized for my teaching day tomorrow.

I know I said this before, but it just stinks that every time professors are quoted in the media on the subject of our profession, it’s always the losers, the whiners, and the professional victims. Nobody ever thinks about interviewing regular people like me who dig the profession. I love students. Students love me. I’m at peace with the colleagues and the administration. There are some ripples, like in any job. But the good stuff is much more plentiful. The research is going great. I’m planning conference talks in Spain, Seattle, and Boston.

Why isn’t anybody interviewing me to hear about all this exciting stuff? There are plenty of failed lawyers and disaffected business owners. But in their professions, you only hear about the success stories.

Hey, CHE and IHE, I’m right here!

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5 thoughts on “A Regular Day”

  1. Today, I finished Psychopolitics, annotated it for my research, and used it to prepare a lecture for tomorrow that I’m really excited about. Worked on my new book. Graded almost 70 quizzes but they were great, so it was a breeze. Blind-reviewed an article where I’m the main critical source. Went to the juicery, the DMV, and the orthodontist. Spent 3 hours outside with Klara and my friend. Heard great news about my book (see below). Read some Wallace Stegner. I’m feeling super energized for my teaching day tomorrow.”

    Are you sure you don’t have ADHD?? 🙂

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    1. I have a brain ADHD. 🙂 I can stay very still and quiet physically but my brain works on overdrive, with tons of ideas going in a million directions. And I love it.

      Is there a name for this? I always wondered if it’s a condition of any kind.

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  2. “Is there a name for this?”

    It’s called “being smart enough to multi-task.” Unfortunately, there’s no treatment for that condition. Just make sure you get enough sleep.

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  3. I envy you that you can readily include your research into your teaching.
    Most of my undergrads can’t (and what’s worse, won’t) do math above the highschool level. It’s like trying to teach someone about literature and they can’t even read sight words. I try to stay positive for their sake, but over the long term it’s quite demoralizing.
    I get really sad when my senior grad students get ready to graduate because when I finally have people around with whom I can discuss science on a near-equal footing, they are ready to leave. 😦

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    1. I’m trying but judging by the reaction, it’s going right over people’s heads. I would love to teach people who are actually prepared for college. I’m so tired of teaching blank slates.

      I disassociate from teaching because if I didn’t, I’d be depressed.

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