Saturday, January 31, 2009
What are you writing? It would be fascinating to see the notes of students in my classes. I mean, sometimes I’m just talking, trying to explain something, cracking a joke, clearly venturing into highly tangential territory… but students just keep on writing. I understand their frantic scribbling when I put up a slide with definitions, dates, names, etc…but sometimes it’s just a picture— it represents a thought, accompanied by some blathering from me. I can’t possibly imagine how these moments would be translated into class notes. I considered the possibility that it’s just doodling. But you know, anyone with a few classes under their belt can spot a doodler from a mile away. The distinctive wrist movements of drawing as opposed to writing are pretty clear (for any students reading this, FYI: your professors can also detect the ipod cord “hiding” under your hoodie). It really looks like you are writing something down. But what? What did I just say that you could possibly write down? I’m not even sure what I just said. Shit. I would really like to know. Can I borrow your notes?