VIA Faculty Focus: “Enough Time to Make a Difference in Students’ Lives”

Since it’s nearly graduation time (and I’ll be hooding my first PhD!), I thought this piece by Maryellen Weimer at the Faculty Focus blog would be appropriate:

It’s that time of the year when students leave us. Some graduate and we celebrate their growth and intellectual accomplishments. We are sorry to see them go. Others cross the stage and their parting is no cause for sweet sorrow. Some leave without ever crossing the stage. And some temporarily leave, returning in the fall or for a summer session.

There are the teachers and students who barely notice one another, and then there are the interactions and relationships that stay with individuals for a lifetime, for better or worse.  Those moments, and their enduring power, are what make teaching such a risky, and rewarding, endeavor.

DM

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