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critter
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I am officially teaching PSYC498 Psychology of Cults Winter quarter. It's going to be legen...
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Good luck Critter, it sounds interesting. I once escaped a Scandinavian girl from cult in Spain. I just got lost up a mountain there and she ran out and jumped in my car, I gave her a lift and put her up for a couple of days. The place looked like a monastery. She was telling me about it and it sounded like a cult place to to me. She was very scared of them.
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Congratulations, Critter.

If you want any tips, let me know. I was actually OK after the first ten or fifteen minutes. I can tell you what really freaked me out the most: watching students taking notes. It made me very self-conscious. Nowadays I notice when students DON'T take notes. It makes we want to ask them why they don't think what I'm saying is important. Smile
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She was a student, from what I recall, she had gone travelling, back packing, I think they call it and ran out on money and they the cult had offered her a place to live. The place was just outside Fuengirola, which is on the coast, an holiday town. I did not mean to go up the mountain but took a wrong road and ended up there. Them mountain roads are too narrow to turn around on, once on them you have to carry on up until one finds a place to turn back. This place was not a place one could escape from easily on foot. Though she wasn't a physical prisoner, rather it was a mental pressure that was put on her not to dessert the order. It was not like the police could do anything about it, as people were there of their own free will, sort of. They were brainwashed so to speak. They saved her in first place and so she felt that she owed them something.
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You'll have fun. Smile

Not too long ago, I found the notebook I used to teach my first university class. (It was a math class for sophomore/junior engineering and science majors.)

The first twenty or so pages were very carefully planned out, with worked examples, notes to myself, etc. About 7 or 8 notebook pages per class. The next block was much more sketchy, with maybe a worked example or two, but really just a list of topics to hit. The last half of the semester fit on 2-3 pages. Smile

IMO, the best part about teaching university classes (at least in American universities) is reading the student evaluations after the semester is finished. If your school is like mine, they'll range from the sublime to the ridiculous.

In grad school, I had an Indian friend, Alok, with an extremely mild British accent, and an English friend, Matt, with a thick working-class London accent. Alok got a review that read in its entirety, "I cant [sic] understand him for his actsent [sic]." Matt got a review that lamented, "Why can't I ONCE get a teacher who is a native speaker of English?" Matt was already homesick for England, and didn't quite see the humor (... or was it "humour"?) in that review as much as the rest of us.
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Congrats. It sounds like it will attract students who are actually interested in the subject you are teaching and that's always a plus. I'm sure you have lots to teach about the subject and will be a wonderful teacher.
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On 2013-12-05 03:51, stoneunhinged wrote:
Nowadays I notice when students DON'T take notes. It makes we want to ask them why they don't think what I'm saying is important. Smile


What makes you think that not taking notes indicates that what is being said is not regarded as important?

For me, it was quite the reverse.

If the discussion in class was engaging and important, and helpful for understanding, I would want to listen actively without the burden and nuisance of "notetaking."
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Congratulations, good luck and have fun. The most important part of teaching is watching your students. Pay attention to them to help yourself slow down, explain, or move on. They can read your lecture notes; that's not why you're there. You are there to frame the ideas and bring them to life in your students' minds.

You'll be great!
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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All the best with it critter

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Congratulations and good luck Mr. Critter!

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Congrats Professor Critter
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Most teachers never get rich, but it has to be the most rewarding career in the world. I am proud to have been a teacher for the last 23 years. Have a great time with it. Take your students seriously, just don't take your self too seriously. You will be great.
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On 2013-12-05 08:53, 0pus wrote:
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On 2013-12-05 03:51, stoneunhinged wrote:
Nowadays I notice when students DON'T take notes. It makes we want to ask them why they don't think what I'm saying is important. Smile


What makes you think that not taking notes indicates that what is being said is not regarded as important?

For me, it was quite the reverse.

If the discussion in class was engaging and important, and helpful for understanding, I would want to listen actively without the burden and nuisance of "notetaking."


That was a joke. I myself stopped taking notes my second year of graduate school, when I decided to develop my concentration and memory skills instead. I went to a lecture, listened attentively, then went to the cappuccino bar and wrote detailed summaries. Those notes--much more so than class notes--became quite valuable to me later.
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Congrats, Critter. Psychology of cults, eh? I'd take that one myself!
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Congrats. I hope you like it more than I did. I taught two university classes years ago and hated every second.
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Best of luck there Critter!
I hope that there will be a Chuck Testa Module?

Heaven's Gate was based here in San Diego, I hope that
you are covering this group as well. It's quite fascinating.

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Wow, this got pushed to page 2 and I didn't even realize it had comments Smile
Thank you very much everyone.

Yes, Dev, we'll be watching the indoctrination video from the Heaven's Gate cult and talking about how he almost never blinks Smile
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