COME ON! If that isn’t amazingness personified, I don’t know what is, people.
And lest you think I have abandoned writing about teaching altogether, there is a connection here. My juniors began the process of writing their big research paper this past week, which is a long and arduous struggle for most. However, they can choose to write on any topic that is school-appropriate, because my philosophy is that if they select their own topic, they are more likely to remain engaged in the research process over this next quarter. That, or they’ve dug their own hole, so at least they can’t blame me when they completely lose interest and focus halfway through. In any case, one of my most meek and mousy female students handed in her proposal yesterday. And guess what her topic is?!? Yes, it’s Beyonce. Specifically, how Beyonce is the most successful female star and mogul of her generation. Of course, I totally approved her proposal.