My former student David Henderson posted about what he loves about teaching economics. It is a beautiful posting. It captures so much about what I loved when I was teaching.
Another excerpt [from a posting by Steven Landsburg about Dierdre McClosky]:Rising food prices or rising oil prices can't explain inflation, at least not by the mechanisms most people imagine. A frost in Florida won't cause a shortage of oranges. When there's an increase in the price of steel, car prices will rise by less if the auto industry is monopolized than if the auto industry is competitive--though several members of the president's Council of Economic Advisors had believed otherwise.
Steven's whole piece reminded me of why I'm looking forward, at age 64, to starting my new class next week. I never tire of teaching some of the things mentioned above...
One of the things I tell my students, whose median age is about 31 and who (at least many of them) have seen more of the world than I have, is "you'll learn things you never knew you never knew."
Then between the first and second hours of class, to bring them back into the room, I play this song by Norah Jones. And no, I'm not saying that I will kiss my students. (I do hug.) It's just my way of communicating that we're going to go on a wonderful adventure together. [emphasis added. What a great way to think about teaching price theory!]