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How did he feel when he realized he was the only guy ?
What was the ratio of women to men?
a) 58 to 1
b) 48 to 1
c) 38 to 1
How is class easier for him?
a) He can talk to anybody
b) He has to do less work
c) He is smarter than the women
Who does he feel has more composure?
What makes him nervous?
a) Talking to women
b) Singing in class
c) Teaching large classes
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Now, Shawn, you were just saying that at your university you're the only male student.
Yeah, in my program, I'm the only guy in my class, and when I signed up for the program
I had known this going in to it, so on the first day I was a bit, how_should_I_say, a little
bit happy, so when we were all in the auditorium, getting selected to go to our class,
I was counting all the amount of girls that were in the class and the ratio worked out to about
to 48 to 1, so the first few months, actually the first few weeks were very bit happy
but after awhile you just realize, these girls just become your friends and you're all there
for the same purpose to get your education and your mind's not really on, how_should_I_say,
meeting the opposite sex in that classroom so surprisingly, wha-chu-call, women aren't that
much different than men. They, it's very cool to be around all these women. It's a very
good experience, it's, how_should_I_say, it's, I'd say it's made me a better person, maybe
a bit more sensitive to their feelings, I'd say and um.
So you still must get special attention though!
Still, must get special attention, um! Just because I'm the only guy in the class, it doesn't
matter. You can float around that classroom and talk to anybody you want. Some girls cannot
float around the classroom and talk to other girls because I'm the only guy in that class
it seems that they want the attention regardless if they don't like you or not. They just want the
attention. (Really) So it's never, it doesn't get lonely in the class because as a guy in the
class you'll never stop talking, because they want your attention, but it's a very cool
OK, well as a teacher, do you think that men teachers think differently that female teachers?
I'd say, not so much in the classroom setting but in terms with fellow coworkers, I'd say that
men are very, more composed, they don't, how_should_I_say, what I've noticed in my program with
women having their infighting in the class, not that they always come to me, it's just that,
I'm very composed, I'm able to, how_should_I_say, not lose my head, not lose my patience right away,
so, but in terms of teaching skills, um, I don't see any difference, like they're both doing the
same type of job, trying to educate young minds, so in terms of teaching strategies, it's
how_should_I_say, women have, I'd say more of an artistic touch than I do, it's, um, I put
that as the main difference, they're more relaxed singing around the class, whereas I'm just
nervous as can be and I don't like doing it, so.
OK, I agree. I'm the same way when I teach kids.
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