In light of my previous post, it may be worthwhile to remark here that getting up in front of a class and performing is the only job I’ve ever had (including one-on-one tutoring) where clockwatching works in reverse: you look at the time and instead of thinking, “what, only 3:30?—will this ordeal never end?”, you think “what, 3:30 already?—how am I going to find time to talk about all this stuff I had planned?”. How I ever ended up getting paid for doing something this fun, I’ll never know. Thank you and good day.


  1. Nice to hear a positive comment on this mathematics teaching business. There’s a great quote I heard once from Laurence Fishburne (not personally, you understand, but on the extras disc for “The Matrix” DVD), which he said was an old Chinese proverb:

    “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never do a day’s work in your life.”

    Most days I get it.

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