COOOMINIKASHION…KIMOONIKASION…COMMUNICATION?

I’m not a mother or an expert in the younger version of the species, so I have not learnt how young people digest information. And when I say ‘young people’, I mean 20 year-old law students. I’m starting to think that I’m not speaking the same language as these people…

I have not been a lecturer this semester. No no, I have been a dancing monkey in tap shoes. Wanting to ease the detrimental effects of quarantine and remote learning, I’ve engaged in all sorts of funny business to clarify concepts.

But alas! I have failed! I surrender my hope. I fall to my knees and propel my hands in the air and declare my ineptness. I now accepted that I am destined to explain everything in my subject 596 times.

In Sister Act 2 the teaching nun tells her students that if you want to be somebody, and you want to go somewhere, you need to wake up and pay attention. The kids, in turn, sing the slogan back to her and thus begins their ascent into singing wisdom and stardom.

I can sing, dance and yoodle my way through every law concept, there are always a huge amount of students who will ask me questions, the answers of which I just explained. And to top it off, they will hurdle enough indignant attitude at me to stop that train that Denzel Washington had trouble stopping that one time…

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m child-free; that I have not developed the communication skills to bridge the divide between what is important and what keeps them in the realm of daydreaming and fantasy.

All I know for sure is that a student’s success depends only remotely on their natural intellectual ability. Almost without exception, students’ success depend on their ability to pay attention.

Before I hurl my computer against the wall, I’m going to pay attention to a chococino…

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