Teaching = great fun
February 17, 2010
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I am really, really, really enjoying teaching this zoology lab.
My students are fantastic…overall, very self-sufficient, thorough and thoughtful. They keep me on my toes.
I am learning so freaking much it’s ridiculous. And the students are helping me learn, becauase they ask interesting/challenging questions that force me to do a little extra thinking or reading to find the answers. And they’re asking about COOL, FUN things. They ask about sex a lot. Some of today’s questions: “How can you tell a male horseshoe crab from a female?” (males are smaller and have modified, hooked pedipalps used for clasping females as they trudge up onto the beach to mate) and “how do crayfish have sex?” (Again with the modified apendages, this time copulatory swimmerets, sperm transfer is internal but the female extrudes stored sperm and fertilizes her eggs externally when the timing is more appropriate).
Best of all, they seem to enjoy it.
And at the end of the day, I get this: “Thanks for answering all my questions, I really appreciate it.”
That totally freaking makes my day.