One student, a father and mechanic, told me that, in a pinch, you can use duct tape to repair a broken radiator hose temporarily.Â One of my students is a manager at McDonald’s. Because he works there, I’d consider stopping in for a coffee. One student is studying barbering; she’s passionate about theÂ profession.
ButÂ there is also food poisoning. Rape. Exhaustion. ‘I can’t read anything aboutÂ the war aloud.’ The Underachievers inspire. Moving. Pregnant girlfriend. Just say no to drugs.
I learned that one of my students has beenÂ homeless since August. Another bright woman says sheÂ doesn’t “look at people” and was angry that she would miss a journal entry when she announced, mid-class, that she had to leave early. I’ve learned about one student’s problems with fecal impaction. Another student has stopped coming to class.
This is one of the smartest groups of individualsÂ I’ve ever taught. Still, sometimes, for every single person in the room, it’s hard.