By Chris | October 6, 2008
I’m talking about my students. I have 45 of them and I’m still learning their names and faces. They see me around campus and know who I am, but I don’t always recognize them. The other day I was tying my shoe in the library and I heard someone say “see you in class” before running up the stairs. Sometimes they say hi, sometimes they don’t. Regardless, it is a strange feeling to be so visible, and something I hadn’t expected. I find myself feeling the need to be mature whenever I’m on campus. As the semester progresses, I’m sure I’ll get to know all of the students in my class. Until then, I’ll have to act a little more professionally. That’s probably not such a bad thing.
Note: I recently gave my Intermediate Micro class its first test. The average was a 64 and I curved it. It’s tough to know when I’m failing to communicate material effectively and when students aren’t studying enough on their own. I’m tempted to require students to turn in more practice problems, but I hate to penalize the strong students with repetitive problems. Teaching undergraduates requires providing the right incentives…I still need to figure out what those are.