Tuesday, April 8, 2008

you know you're getting old when . . .

you cheerfully ask your students to pull out a piece of paper for a quick exercise and most of them not only have no paper, but no writing implement either.

I guess it WAS a heartening sign of collegiality when one person shared her pad of paper with her classmates and another pulled out a pencil bag and offered it around.


Any of you have a similar moment?



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I literally just had this exact situation occur last Saturday during my class. Only one person had any paper and I ended up promising to buy the student another pad of paper because he had to give his pad away, one piece at a time!

Posted by: Kelly Mickelson | Apr 8, 2008 6:19:22 PM

I have so many reminders that I'm getting (getting?) old, that I hardly note them any more. But your story reminded me of another incident. My son and I were in a restaurant recently, chatting with a waiter who's a friend of my son, when a young woman came in to apply for a job. The manager handed her the application, and the young woman asked for a pen to use in filling out the application. The waiter said, "She's not getting the job. The manager uses that as his first test for applicants. If they don't bring a pen, they don't get the job." This has become our new catchphrase for students or anyone else who is unprepared or totally clueless: If you don't bring your own pen, you don't get the job.

Posted by: Eileen Kavanagh | Apr 9, 2008 5:37:47 AM

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