I feel old

Jan. 30th, 2008 09:12 am
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On Monday, my students went over the concept of geologic time.  We do a silly exercise wherein I have them list events from their lives in a geologic column style, and attempt to match them up with other people (relative dating), then I ask for a single date to use as a correlatable event (absolute dating).  My second class on Monday was the first class _ever_ who did not immediately pipe up with "September 11, 2001" for that one point in time that everybody knows.  I commented on this while the students were correlating their columns, and a brief discussion started about where they all were on that day. 

Most of the students were in 7th or 8th grade.  I was stunned by the sudden realization that here in a very few years, I won't be able to assume that all of my students remember exactly where they were on that day in history, because they would have been sheltered or at least too young to fully understand what was going on.  Even some of my students now admit to only having a fuzzy notion of what was happening that day. 

Of course, then when I expressed my dismay, one of my students correctly guessed my age based on my being a sophomore in college in September 2001.  On the plus side, at least he grasped the concept I was trying to get across.  On the other hand, ouch.
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