It always amazes me what different worlds we live in even when we’re in the same room.
I remember college like it was yesterday and never imagined that my professors knew anything about my life. I got in touch with one of my favorites, David Gitomer, a year or so ago when I realized just how dialed in he had been back when I sat in the seats and took notes. (That reminds me, I must write him back.)
Most of the time it’s the significant other texting (they don’t love you if they text you during class), friends on IM, email or even other classwork. You’d think this would get better with time, but even my graduate class gets distracted by life during the class. And from the front, you see it all. I know what I’m going to say, how I’m going to say it, can anticipate most of the questions, hope to be surprised and then watch as the scene unfolds.
Does it surprise you to know I can tell when you broke up with someone, had a death in the family, are anxious about news, didn’t do the reading, don’t care, are hungry, have to go to the bathroom or are thinking about what you did last night?
Of course, there are those great days when surprises do happen and a totally unique conversation comes up, something that makes you pause. And that is what leads me to this rare blog post today. Many of you will remember, and may you never forget, the day we all learned how to make the “kissing emoticon face”.
Thanks to Kim and Cannelle, we all got a break to study something important. Sure, it won’t be on the final, but this is the kind of thing we need to bring about world peace, or something, right?
So for those unlucky enough to have missed it, I bring to you, a master and her student, studying the ways of bringing emoticons to life:
And yes, I know I should have taken a video. Next time.
See you in class!