Monday, 30th August, 2018
There is nothing “normal” about a day at my university. That’s why I love this stuff…
8:00 am on a cold, cold Monday morning. I have been up since 4:30 am but not my students. For many of them, that early in the morning? No thank you…do the hands on the clock even go to a place called “4:30 am”?
Each time before my lecture starts, I walk up and down the aisles, greeting students, sometimes by name. It takes a while to learn them all but by the end of the semester, familiar faces stand out. Especially the ones who make an effort to get to know me back.
This morning, a small group of my Chinese students are talking quietly together at the back of the lecture theater. I hand one of them a copy of the notes and smiling ask “How is your project going?”
“Awww… we is up stuffing…” says the student.
“Up stuffing?” I ask, surprised that he might be having problems this early in the semester. “Do you mean you are stuffing up something?”
“Yeah.. we up stuffing stuff.”
“What is going wrong? Can I help you?”
“No, no nuffing wrong. We just up stuffing.”
“Oh…wait… do you mean you are learning new things? We call that upskilling.”
“Yeah, sorry.. we are upskilling….. is all good.” he replied, laughing with a wide grin.
Note to self: need to change the title of the “Personal Upskilling” assignment to “Personal Training” …
Postscript: When the assignments were delivered on 17th August, I found this delightful log in my Turnitin Inbox: