TITLE: A Good Day
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: October 13, 2005 6:36 PM
DESC: Days like this keep me going back into the classroom,even if they are rare -- perhaps because they are.
Some days, I walk out of the classroom and feel, "Man,
I am good." Today was such a day. It wasn't a perfect
class, though I've felt that way some days, too. But
today everything seemed to go just right: The problem
we solved was challenging, and the ideas we needed to
solve it flowed naturally. Students asked questions
at the right times, which let me address important
issues just in time. Unsolicited, students also made
comments that added lightness to our work, and comments
that indicated they were seeing the beauty in the
approach and the code.
I leave the classroom enough days feeling much less,
so this sensation stands out. It's a nice way to
end the week before I head off to
Now, I have no idea that the students felt
the same way leaving class as I did, other than the
well-placed questions and comments. For all I know,
they left saying "Man, that guy is a @#$%^?." I hope
not but, you know, somedays it just doesn't matter.