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June 4, 2013

You can teach an old dog some new tricks

(Continued)

(I don’t blame them. I had a few of those classes myself in my student life. To this day, you can make me yawn — automatically, a completely involuntary reflex — simply by saying “laissez-faire economy.”)

I thought I was all done with teaching. Then IUPUI came calling with offers for me to teach, not journalism, but music. This was, as they say, a horse of a different hue. I could draw on my journalism background — I was, after all, a music critic for many years — without inflicting it on unsuspecting students. I took the job and there I remain, and I can honestly say I love it.

Which gets me back to this newfangled way of doing it. There are things about the oldfangled way that I miss — meeting the students face to face, getting their immediate feedback, the lively give-and-take of a good classroom discussion. But the ease and convenience of online learning cannot be denied, and if the give-and-take is typed rather than spoken, well … it’s still give-and-take.

I’m just glad I’m the teacher and not the student. I think I’d still probably put things off until the last minute, and what a shame that would be. I’d hate it, but I’d have to flunk me.

© 2013 Mike Redmond. All Rights Reserved.

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