I’ve always said one of my greatest strengths as a teacher is the ability to take a room full of young, energetic students and within minutes have a few of them on the edge of REM sleep.
I get it. For some people, accounting is not the most interesting topic to sit and listen to. Really, does anyone get excited about things like debits, credits, allowance for doubtful accounts, or accumulated depreciation? (OK, readers, wake up).
I mean, I do. But that’s to be expected.
So imagine my surprise the other day (and it was quite a surprise).
I had just made myself a nice cup of herbal tea and turned on CNBC to watch the wrap of the day’s trading. The reporters were throwing around terms like EPS and profit margin and cash flow, stuff right up my alley.
Moments later, I woke up with a burning sensation on my belly and my lap.
Apparently I had fallen asleep while holding the cup of tea in my hands, and it spilled all over me. Fortunately, it had been a few minutes since it had been boiled so it wasn’t THAT hot, but it was still plenty warm.
Needless to say, it quickly woke me up. My son, who was sitting across from me, got a good laugh out of it when I stood up, since it looked like I had “an accident”.
I quickly dried up the spill as best as I could and went upstairs to change my clothes.
But I returned a more humble man.
I had just experienced what it must be like for my students listening to my lectures.
Now I know to give them a warning if they are listening to one of my classes from the comfort of a a couch or a bed:
“Please keep your large cup of caffeine on a nearby table and not your lap.”
I don’t want to hear a scream and see someone running off camera in the middle of a Zoom lecture…
*image from The Acronym