I'm still marking away like a fiend, but I'll take a short break to write this blog entry. One of my students, Anastasia S., dropped by during office hours today and we discussed how much her writing has improved over the semester. "The thing I really learned," she told me, "is that I have to keep writing and re-writing. And sometimes I need to take a break and then go backto it." Hearing that made me feel like my work in the classroom is not in vain!!
On another note, I'm beginning to research a magazine story about how many young guys are hooked on Internet pornography. I just got off the phone with a Toronto sex therapist who had many interesting things to say on the subject. He believes that parents have a role to play -- that they need to discuss issues like sexuality and relationships with their kids. Hmm... do I smell another book in this?
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hope you are enjoying marking! I, and I am sure most of the other students as well... am very very stressed for exams
i did however think of you today when i rode the bus and thought to myself about all my bus "adventures" and how i could probably write a book about them...
the one today had to do with a new driver... oh my god... anyways have a good week
I agree with Tamar about being stressed out. At least, I can now say I have on "Final" that's over with -- my flute recital! Now I can go back to concentrating on my actual Science Finals... not fun. >
I think taking a break from something does make it a lot easier to see it objectively afterwards... and not only in writing, but in all activities in life. Taking a break sometimes also allows you to see how much you really enjoy an activity!
And about discussing sexuality and relationships between parents and children... the latter is somehwat okay but the former is (I think) a subject which many parents (and children, really) aren't always sure how to get into and discuss without feeling extreme awkwardness. So maybe that's part of the problem...