I’m running late for class.
This is not a new phenomenon. A couple of emails popped into my inbox right before I left my office, and I got distracted. It happens.
Anyway, that’s not super important, except to say that it made me five minutes late for class. And counting.
Oh, and it's not even my class that I’m late for. I am covering for a colleague who is out today, so it’s his students who are waiting for me.
Hopefully. They might be gone by the time I get there.
7 minutes late. Better pick up the pace.
I make it to the classroom. Almost dropped my coffee while negotiating the combo of door handle, notes, and computer. Almost.
I walk in, and take stock of the situation.
Strange. It looks like all the students are still here. Quick head count; yep, 22 accounted for.
Stranger still: They appear to have started class without me.
I set down my gear and walk around the room to take a closer look.
The students are working in groups, maybe 3-4 in each. Laptops are sprinkled throughout the room, and prototypes in various state of construction are everywhere. A buzz of chatter floats about the tables.
The professor is late for class (substitute instructor, no less), yet the students not only stayed, but are working away unprompted.
Something is different here. This would not have happened when I was a student, for sure.