Sunday, December 04, 2011

The Interruption Of Science-Geek Friday


When I got to work Friday morning there was a new executive assistant sitting at my desk who told me that there would be no science going on that morning.


Because it was time, as the sign on my office door said, for.....

So, given all that, we soon trooped half way across campus and did this...

How do you like them Elfies!

It's actually a tradition....Last class of the term my kids come in and we give the students some in-room entertainment (and candy!) while they fill out the course survey (mine, which is done for real course feedback purposes, not the institution's, which is done for evaluation purposes and which is done completely separately)....This year it was just littler e. and me as Bigger E. is 2/3 of the way across the country....Heckfire, we couldn't even make the Skype work because E. had a class at the same time that she refused to cut....Kids today!....What is the world coming to?
And, for the record, given that Bigger E. had been doing this since she was three, I did get a little verklempt...



North Van's Grumps said...

What do you call Santa Clause's little helpers?

No, not Elves, or Elfs.........

Subordinate Clauses.....

Merry Christmas to All

RossK said...




Anonymous said...

Hi there;

Consider yourself give yourself an Oscar/Edgar/or whatever. When students do this it is marvelous and really sincere. As a sessional at UBC one of the teaching highlights was a musical performance by Science students on the final day of classes.
They used the straw lesson for a wind instrument concert in the hallway to say thank. Unforgettable. Well done Ross.


PS It helped with their music class as well.

RossK said...

Thanks Burgess--

Never played with straws, but....

My best low-tech, in-class demonstration uses a balloon to demonstrate how skeletal muscle pulling on the vocal ligaments changes vocal pitch.


BC Mary said...

I was wondering if a subordinate of Santa Clause(sic) is a verb?

RossK said...


Double Ha! Ha!


Anonymous said...

"An independent clause, "She is older than her brother" (which could be its own sentence), can be turned into a dependent or subordinate clause when the same group of words begins with a dependent word (or a subordinating conjunction in this case):

"Because she is older than her brother, she tells him what to do.""