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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:
>>> (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 [] 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


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