Old Grumpy Face

It occurred to me last week to remind students that I don’t hate the world.  I was reiterating that they could ask me a question any time, any place.  I warned that they might  see me scowling as I walked across campus.  This is because I scrunch up my face when I am working on a problem – maybe how to teach a unit better, or how to organize a meeting’s agenda, or maybe just seeing if 7 divides 812.  I like working on problems,  at least most types of problems.  I may look unhappy and unapproachable, but I am really enjoying what I am doing and anyway interruptions are okay since student learning is my first priority.

I didn’t add, though this is true, that they could also see me with a smile on my face.  If so,  I am probably  working on the phrasing for a joke or funny story – one that I might never tell.  In sum, my inner thoughts are sometimes congruent with their physiognomic manifestations  and sometimes not.


About jrh794

I am a sixty-five year old math instructor at Southern Oregon University. I taught at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed California for twenty-six years. Prior to that I worked as a computer programmer, carpenter and in various other jobs. I graduated from Rice University in 1967 and have a MS in Operations Research from Stanford. In the past I have hand-built a stone house and taken long solo bicycle tours. Now I ride my mountain bike and play golf for recreation.
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