A funny thing happened on the bus the other day. I was on my way back to my hotel from the Convention Center.
I am sitting next to a university librarian from somewhere in Utah. Somehow the conversation turns to the subject of teaching. She says to me, "Aren’t we glad we don’t have to teach?"
(Of course, she notes a dramatic change in my demeanor. Them’s fighting words.)
She says, "Well, of course, if I wanted to teach a course in sociology or something, I could apply to do that."
I take a breath and say, "It surprises me that you believe you have a choice."
She says, "Well okay. Exactly what is it that you teach and how exactly do you teach it?"
I say, "Well I work with my teacher colleagues to plan, implement, and assess learning. I teach information and communication strategies as they apply to our curriculum. I teach teachers too."
She is quiet. I frighten her.
I say (but not out loud) that I just don’t get why, across our divisions, we know so little about each other’s work.