conlanging during class (Re: Grammatical Summary of Kemata)
|From:||Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, December 12, 2001, 20:23|
On Wednesday, December 12, 2001, at 11:25 , David Starner wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 12, 2001 at 07:35:55PM +0100, Rune Haugseng wrote:[yhl]
>>> (Of course, sometimes long dry lectures provide a perfect opportunity to
>>> surreptitiously work on a conlang.)
>> Really? I'm far too afraid someone'll notice what I'm doing to do
>> stuff like that in class.
> Between the large classes and the teachers who teach to the board,
> college gives plenty of oppertunity to conlang in class. Of course, I
> never had a problem doing stuff like that in high school, either, so
> . . .
<nod> It really depends on the "withitness" of the teacher. Frankly, in
a majority of even high school classes, the teacher will check to see that
your pencil/pen is moving at appropriate moments and that you're looking
up at the board or him/her, or at least not looking somewhere "irrelevant.
" Of course, I'm anal so when I teach, I go around and look at *what* the
students are writing. (Fortunately for those who like to write notes in
pink gel-pen I just ask them to put the notes away and get to work...<G>)
In any case, I've gotten away with murder in classes: doodling conscripts
or puzzling out vocabulary items, sketches of dragons and pegasi, working
on fantasy novels...the works.
On the plus side, sometimes something going on in class triggers
conlang-productivity. Or other kinds of productivity. If not necessarily
the kind of productivity they're looking for. <rueful g>
Yoon Ha Lee [firstname.lastname@example.org]
We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters
will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to
the Internet, we know this is not true.--Robert Wilensk