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I've had two full days of teaching math, now. It's been fun, actually; more fun and less anxiety-inducing than I expected once I got going. I'm quite happy with my students, too. They seem, for the most part to be intelligent, focused and ready to learn. That's the advantage of teaching College students who don't have to be there but want to, as opposed to students who are forced to by family and/or government regulations, I guess. It may also be, to a great extent, because this is the first week of a new term with all the good intentions that haven't worn off yet, too...


The very first day of classes (which was Tuesday) I simply recorded who showed up, and got them all to write a diagnostic test for me, in order to get some idea of what they understood so far and what they didn't. One young woman in my Math 10 class, after she handed in the test and I told her she could leave remarked to her friend loud enough for me to hear: "But I don't want to go, I want to stay and learn!"


Aw. It warms the heart...


I also had student in both classes correct me in minor addition and multiplication's good to know they were paying attention. They're going to keep me on my toes, I think.


But I'm exhausted, and I still have a day of teaching this week. The transition between full-time student and self-employed consultant to almost full-time teacher is a tough one, physically. To bed early tonight, I think.


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