1. morning staff meeting
2. oh my goodness just do allll the work, okay brain?
skirt: American Apparel (ancient) cardigan: Gap belt: vintage boots: Civico 10 tights: Target
In my class, I like to make a lot of jokes about bears. Since I spend a good amount of time in class discussing potential arguments and theses, I like to give a lot of examples and when I’m coming up with an example on the fly, it usually ends up being about bears. What can I say: I have a great appreciation for the ursine. Anyhow, yesterday, I was trying to explain why it’s so important for a paper to stay on topic and only give evidence that supports its claim. In order to illustrate how making arguments about similar-but-unrelated claims can detract from a paper’s argumentative success, I made the following example:
“Say my paper is making the argument that in a fight between a bear and a shark, the bear will win. So I’m giving examples about how that fight would go down, why the bear possesses the skills necessary to take down the shark, why the shark can’t win, etc. And then I have a paragraph where I explain who would win in a fight between a bear and a narwhal. What does that do? It might be a great illustration of bear-power, but it’s not supporting my bear v. shark claim!”
We all had a good chuckle, and then we moved on. But today, I got the best response from any student about one of my bear-related tangents that I’ve ever gotten. Here’s how it went down: the student was one of the day’s designated note-takers (which is a tactic I deploy during some discussions so that I don’t have to remember what we talked about in class), so she was tasked with telling me what we’d discussed that day. When I opened up her notes to peruse this morning, here’s what I found (and this, my friends, is verbatim):
“A fun fact about narwhals: their ‘horn’ tends to spiral out of the left nostril. Sometimes, it grows from the right, but when it does, usually the left one is there, too. This leaves the narwhal with 2 crossed horns. Poor things.”
How adorable is that postscript? “Poor things.” I love it! Needless to say (I’ll say it anyway), this little note from the student absolutely perked up my Friday. I cut it out and put it up on my bulletin board.
Happy weekend, all!