How the Prof graded Christmas


I often use this comic as a place to complain, but here’s the honest truth: my students amaze me.  They work incredibly hard, they ask good questions, and they learn.  I don’t mean just that they memorize facts and spit them back at me with facility; I mean they learn.  They take in the ideas that I teach them and turn them all around and inside-out, put them together in new forms, apply them in ways I never thought of, and discover things that even I didn’t know were there.  And yes, sometimes they misunderstand the reading, or mess up their citation format, or need some extra help to get the point I wanted them to get, but that’s all a part of learning, too.  And the most amazing thing is: they show up next class and do it all again.

I may sometimes give in to the temptation to shake my head and mutter “Kids these days!” when an 18-year-old fresh from high school fails to intuitively grasp some of the things that it took me a decade of advanced study to figure out, but far more often I walk away from class feeling uplifted by the thought that my future is in their hands.  Learning to think about the world in a new way is one of the hardest jobs I know, and they do it every single day.

Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate it.  May there be peace on Earth and good will towards college students.  They’ve earned it.

15 thoughts on “How the Prof graded Christmas

  1. I stumbled upon your blog and I was blown away. Such profound thoughts and ideas put into a stick-man comic. Unbelievable and funny. 🙂 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from India 🙂

      • You totally do. 🙂 I’m a novice with WordPress. It would be really great if you could read my blog, when you have the time, of course, and let me know what I could do…Your comments/ suggestions would be gr
        eat.. Thank you 🙂

      • Now it works, thanks. I like the theme you picked. It makes for easy reading. Your posts are short, which also makes them easy to take in. For one suggestion, I would recommend adding an About page with either a short bio or a brief introduction to what your blog is about. I find that helps me understand what people are writing about.

      • Thank you for the suggestions. I will add the intro. While I have a lot of interesting topics I want to write about, it is difficult to find the time to write after a long at work. Hence, keep them short.

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