The first blind student I tutored, like those that followed didn't need any help at all on any learning regarding the textbook, their ability to memorize was astounding, one reading of material by a room mate was enough.
Hmm.. Geerat Vermeij- UCLA, U.Cal, one of the west coast universities. We've crossed paths over the years at Geol. Soc. America, Amer. Malacological meetings; not much other contact since he does a lot of work with Cenozoic ecology and Gastropoda while I've been firmly planted in Paleozoic Bivalvia fo all of my career. Last thing I've read of his was something in marine paleoecology a few years ago. Besides, Californians, like New Yorkers think mid-westerners are cave-men (why they call us the "fly-over" states), and in return we just think they all are weird hippies. Lol, the American class system defined!
Annea gets to teach all by herself for the first time this fall at one of the branch campuses, so she's a nervous wreck, month to go and she's about got class materials all ready. Freshman Historical Geology 105, pretty much students will have high school biology, a general science course which includes earth science, maybe a chemistry course, so a lot of ground to cover. I took early retirement in June but promised I'd stick around for a year and get the University's collection all nice and tidy, annoy the grad students some more before I get pretty much go dig all I want instead of make tests, grade papers: pretty much anything but be out collecting.
We didn't see much on micro here (one nice post of a gentleman's setup on table), so I mentioned a general write up on micropaleo (basic tools, techniques and such) would be nice and would let her work out a schema for the course. She made me promise I would also do a technical type post, so I'll be tackling a write up on Taxonomy basics. Take a couple of days since we want to include references to UKGE items where possible.