… to the student in my “Ethics in Science” course.
Today was our second class meeting, which is essentially the first real class meeting — the one in which, instead of just focusing on the overall arc of the course, and the assignments you’ll be doing, and the mechanics of finding the information you need on the course website, there was actual content to discuss.
Owing to my sabbatical year, it’s been two years since I taught this course. It’s true that much of that sabbatical was devoted to thinking and writing about the subject matter of the course, but I’ll admit that I had a moment or two of anxiety this morning, wondering how quickly I’d be able to get back into the swing of teaching that subject matter.
I have to say that you all dissolved that anxiety, and fast.
You were engaged. You asked really smart questions. You made really insightful observations. Indeed, the discussion made it clear that you had done the assigned reading, something that often gets lost in the shuffle (and understandably so) during the first week of class.
Basically, you all rocked.
And, you helped me remember that why I love teaching this course has at least as much to do with the awesomely dedicated students it attracts as with the subject matter.
P.S. I’ll be working on learning which names go with which faces this weekend, but I’ll probably mess them up next week. Thanks in advance for your patience with me.