The beginning of the Spring semester was just in January but feels like a million years ago.
I feel like each day is a decade long in this new next chapter that is unfolding in my life, and I sometimes get lost in my search for peace, happiness and meaning.
This is my second semester 100% "back in the classroom" for all of my courses after the disruptions of zooming etc, and I'm still trying to figure out how to make a bridge from the things that used to work "before" to the things that will work for the students I have now.
I have to assume all of my students have been through at least a few bumps in the past 2 years, and if they are taking face-to-face classes they must be hoping to take part in some new normal that they are willing to get out of bed, get dressed and risk their lives for.
With that in mind I dig deep to make every class meeting special. They play Reacting to the Past games (which have brought backflips, splits, assassinations, bribes and much karaoke singing in the past weeks), snack on a buffet of treats and take pretests based on the "wrong answers only" principle.
I'm doing my best.
The one thing I haven't done is share what they wrote the first day of class when I handed out a sheet of paper asking for their name, pronoun (omg that is an entirely different column stay tuned), contact info and "What is your superpower If you have multiple superpowers please list as many as you can" (followed by a promise that I will keep them secret).
Here are their answers, in no particular order:
*I'm a Leo!
* I can communicate with inanimate objects, especially electronic devices
*I can wake up at any hour and be wide awake!
*I can forget anyone's name
*I can do anything I put my mind to. I can also fly.
*I can laugh like Seth Rogen
*Sense of direction. I never get lost.
*I'm pretty good at multi-tasking and I am (sometimes) a human lie detector
*1) Drinking. 2) Being on time for class.
*Drawing this mouse perfectly every time (NOTE: student drew perfect mouse)
*I've never seen a ferret in person
*I'm a mother of 4, ages 13, 11, 7 and 3
*I love children, especially newborns
*Willpower and chasing my dreams
*Photo editing. Cat whisperer (they all love me)
*I can play 4 instruments
*supersonic flight, super strength, and the ability to manipulate anything at the atomic level
*shape shifting (I'm trans) and being able to write
*The power to control matter
*I can see around corners. I just can...
*I'm actually an alien wearing human skin
*I am a curious person and I like to ask questions. I'm good at taking minor details and finding a pattern. I like to debate/discuss. History is one of my favorite subjects.
* I have ADHD and can get hyperfixated on topics I'm interested in and I hope it helps me here!
*I'm always on time, I hate being late. I'm also a super fast runner.
*I can do hair and dye hair.
*I try my best at everything. Big creativity and sense of humor
*electrokinesis, telepathy, time travel, omni-telepathy, teleportation, that's it!!!!
*Can hold a grudge forever
*Invisibility, teleportation, flight, super-strength, psychological manipulation. All of these powers are very real.
*I'm left handed
*I control black holes and gravity
*Invisibility. Persuasion. Shapeshifting. Really smart, really stupid.
*My superpower is my strength and my will to never give up and push myself to keep going no matter what
*I'm able to have multiple hobbies and be very detailed but then I can lose interest within minutes and be super spaced out
*I know how to find out information without being caught
*My awkwardness is mostly amusing! My bosses think so at least!
*Seeing the future
*Invisibility and animal communication (dogs/cats)
*Affect others' emotions
*My superpowers are staying on task, being prepared for any situation, and having a good attitude
*I've done multiple internships at animal hospitals and I've never had a dog not like me
*spending too much money
*I prefer to keep my powers private lol
*I could fly
*I am not really sure
* I can draw a photorealistic portrait of your face or pet
*Talking with others ;-)
*I am colorblind and good with sports fact
*I am an empath
* I can speak three languages
*I'd say my superpower is to read people
*Having the ability to stay on tiktok all day
*Not really sure
*Lol I don't trust you
*I'm good with people
*I am a cyborg. I have two metal rods in my spine.
*I have ADD
*I find ways to solve problems concerning my financial needs since I was in elementary. I'm a hustler. Yes, legally.
*Stubborness and hyperfocus
*I'm tall AF, I play basketball. Main superpower is gambling
*Chronic anxiety and procrastination, ignorance, camoflauge .... psychosis?
*Super strength (not really I have tiny arms) and super speed (I have to run across campus to get to class)
* Never having to sleep
*I have no known superpowers
*Superstrength, genius, drinking a lot
*I can read people's personalities based on body language and speech (extreme psychoanalysis)
*If I have a superpower I haven't figured it out yet
*I can make clothes
*overthinking. Sometimes I feel like professor X
*Cleaning my room in under 5 minutes
*I'm really good at tiktok
*I have to come back to this question lol
*My superpower is procrastinating until the last possible second
*My superpowers include overthinking and eating way too much
*Cooking and eating way too much
*I can read people's emotions SUPER well ;-)
*Wearing crocs everywhere
* I could read people's minds
*I'm kind! I'm an overachiever, I want the best for myself, I'm competitive
*I want to have the ability to manipulate atoms but I won't lie and say I have it already
*I like to laugh a lot and smile
*sleeping for a long period of time
* The power to overthink things
*I can stay calm under stressful situations