TITLE: Ready for a Weekend AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: October 05, 2012 4:02 PM DESC: ----- BODY: After a week in which I left the classroom one day feeling like a pretty good teacher and and another day feeling like I'll never get this teaching thing right, I was looking for some inspiration. While looking at a really simple blog this morning, I got to thinking about writing some code for fun this weekend, something I don't get to do very often these days. Then came an e-mail exchange with a former student now thinking about computing in another field. He has interesting thoughts about how computing can reach people doing real work in other disciplines, and how computing itself needs to change in order to be relevant in a changing world. It was just what I needed. Some days, the student is the teacher. Other days, it's the former student. This all brought to mind a passage from Mark Edmondson's Why Read?:
True teachers of literature become teachers because their lives have been changed by reading. They want to offer others the same chance to be transformed. "What we have loved, / Others will love," says Wordsworth in The Prelude, "and we will teach them how."
That's how I feel about programming. I hope that most days my students can sense that in the classroom. It's good to know that at least occasionally a student is transformed, and just as often I am transformed again. -----