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    An optimist is never pleasantly surprised...

    Or: I may be lying to myself about how I feel about my students.

    i took over a class from an incredibly popular male teacher. I subbed for him for two classes while he was on vacation, and then Halloween I took over the class. All of the students were sad and disappointed, which I expected. I’d rather have him than me. One of the students didn’t show up on Halloween, and I was told they dropped the class the day the change in teachers was announced.

    i “didn’t take it personally” because while I know the student in passing, I have never taught them except the two sub days. I just figured they had signed up for the teacher not the subject, so be it.

    but yesterday my “dropped” student returned, and I was really happy. Even better - it’s a traditionally male heavy class, and I got a New student yesterday - knowing I was teaching it, a girl picked it up! A girl who barely knows me, but who didn’t sign up for the popular teacher.

    i came home so happy I sent out the missing assignment notices for another class that i’ve been putting off in the hope that the work would magically appear. (It never does, but I hate sending the notices. Not enough to go with dh’s solution of “so just give them an F and move on” though. I want them to do the work.)

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    I am optimistic by nature most of the time. I see this situation as simply life happening. Teachers come and go in students' lives and they adapt. I don't take it personally or I try not to. If the class increases, it is gratifying to see and their success is wonderful.
    Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony .

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    I totally understand. I have had just 2 students each in my crochet classes and some have said they will take it again because there is so much time to get support on personal projects. Still I just get 2 new ones each time. Then I realized how many are rather lonely older women, and they really need this class.

    I also am taking over a program from a very popular director, she showed movies every Friday. I don't show movies so I sometimes am not that popular, but I have also had some nice compliments which is awesome. When I taught hand sewing and yarn arts in my last job it was 50-50 boys and girls which I loved.

    What is really impacting is that our meditation group is closing. I was leading 3 times a month. However there were many factors (how about the primary founder of the national group being accused of rape) so it was time to let it go. Still hard when I put a few years into it. I am looking for the next thing to arise.

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    I think that’s great CL. In my college class the term paper is worth 50 points which is the same as the midterm or final. Every semester I get a few students that don’t submit one. I always send a notice saying that they have 5 days to submit with a point reduction. Some say by college age I shouldn’t do this but I hate to see them kill their grade right at the end of the course.

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    TT and CL thank you for that. You never know what may be happening in their lives. I know that often students don't say something at first, but a little care can go a long way. My ex had his mother diagnosed with cancer his senior year of college and the caring professors made a big difference.

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