A student asked me that tonight as I was trying to answer her question. I was telling her about some research in relation to her question and she looked at me all skeptical-like and said, “Are you sure? Because I scored a 3 on the scale in this other class. . . ” augh. I was so taken aback by the skepticism, totally taking it as a personal attack, that I couldn’t formulate a response to the “because I scored” part. If I had been in top teacher mode then I would have been able to use it as a teaching moment against using one instance as proof that something is totally wrong. But I wasn’t, and it threw me off, doubting myself and my knowledge. I felt off for the remainder of the class. Obviously I’m still reeling from it a bit if I’m writing about it here. Don’t get me wrong–I love my students to think and ask questions. If I can’t answer it I’ll tell them that I don’t know and that I’ll find an answer. And I do. But this was totally out of my realm of experience. I haven’t had someone question my response in such a way before. I’m already working on finding a better response to her question, including checking in with someone else about it. I’m going to work hard not to feel all jittery when looking at her now or to respond to her any differently than I did in the past.
Have any of had a similar experience (not necessarily with teaching)? If so, how have you handled it? Or not. . . *sigh* I really need to learn not to take things so personally.