As we're going around the room yesterday I asked students for a fact from their past, present, or future, something fun, just a detail so we can connect us (me mostly) to who you are.
An impossibly gorgeous young woman in the front row answers to her name and says, "I'm a model."
And I say, "Of course, you are so beautiful."
Okay, so I'm a lesbian, fairly out in the community, etc. But I'm the age of this girl's mother, and I can tell you without the least compunction that I have never had the slightest interest in any student, like, ever.
But I said it, and there was silence, and I went on. It ate at me all night.
Q1: Should I say something about it? Should I apologize? Should I just let it go?
Q2: What's the one thing you've said in class that you wish you could take back, rewind, erase, whatever? Does one recover?