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28Feb12

Our Terroir (Marie-Laure ’06):

So commences the awkward period; beyond the childhood epoch of apprenticing in cheeseplants, in caves, and with farmers, I am not yet the entrepreneurial full-fledged farming adult.  Tempting as it is to keep hopping from one bucolic landscape to another, this initial training period grows stale as I look toward embedding myself into one lone farm.

Coyote’s Muse (Joyce ’75):

This week we found out that my mother’s right heart valve is leaking considerably and that the right side of her heart is enlarged. … I am sad. I love my mom. I’m learning to allow my sadness, my vulnerability, my inability to do anything about mom’s decline except love her, take her to doctor appointments, visit her, laugh with her, go out to lunch or dinner with her. I guess these things are not really small, except in my mind’s view. My ego tends to expect something more grandiose of me at times. A swooping down and saving the day or something. That would sound better. That’s when I forget to be compassionate and loving toward myself. That’s when I forget I’m human. That’s when I have the opportunity to eventually learn to remember.

Confused at a Higher Level (Melissa ’99):

For all kinds of reasons, this has been one of my most brutal terms at Carleton. On the teaching front, I have a new prep, electronics. I loved electronics as a student, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to delve into the material again. I also decided that I wanted to try out a couple of new (to me) pedagogical strategies in this course, which means that I stacked the extra work of exploring new teaching techniques on top of the extra work of a new prep. One of the things I’ve done in this course is to jettison traditional quizzes for lab-based performance assessments. The idea is that electronics is most useful if you both understand the theory and can apply that theory to build interesting/useful circuits. Traditional quizzes assess theoretical understanding, but do little to assess how well a student grasps the hands-on aspects of things, including troubleshooting.

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