Thursday, January 18, 2007

First Week of Teaching at Duke

Off to a good start, I think. The intro class (in fiction writing) was slow to start talking, but I feel the potential. And the next level of the course, which met for the first time yesterday--that class is already on fire.

Also I met yesterday for the first time with both of my independent study students and got off to a good start, I felt. Though there was a meeting time confusion with one, which I regretted. He was waiting for me for quite a while.

I'm a bit staggered this morning. Yesterday, in retrospect, was intense, though it felt pretty relaxed at the time. The students are impressive.

It does feel like a triumph and a great pleasure to be back on the campus I loved so much as a student myself. It's A TRIUMPH OF THE B-MINUS STUDENT to come back with a title like "scholar in residence." In my defense, though, I did do well in my major. And got A's in writing classes.

I'm finding that I'm much more diligent as a teacher than I ever was as a student.


billie said...

I'd be happy to go back to Duke if I could have you as a professor. :)

Sounds wonderful. I look forward to hearing more about the "on fire" class - what a kick that must be!


Peggy said...

Thanks, Billie. Now my intro class has also taken off with enthusiasm. Friday's class was a pleasure. We got into discussing Updike's story "A&P," one of my all-time favorite stories. They came up with interpretations I hadn't thought of, which were dead-on. Very interesting.