It is really weird to be able to see exactly how and why, pedagogically speaking, your professor is organizing class - because you, too, used to do this - and yet at the same time, come up with the total typical student "this is the first time I've thought about this issue" answer.
It's not so much that I think I should come up with a better student answer than any of the other students - I don't. It's more that on some level, I don't think I should be coming up with student answers at all. Because I still kind of identify with the front of the room, not the back. So when I come up with student answers, sometimes I feel kind of stupid - even though if I were a prof whose student came up with the same answer, I'd never in the world think they were stupid.
And I'm sure that my profs don't actually think I'm stupid. They just think I'm a student. Because I that's what I am.
It's just that sometimes I wish I could get past this student stage more quickly, since, life-wise, I feel behind already!
Hmmm, being behind seems to be the theme of the day.
Shorter version of this and my previous post: being a student is infantilizing.
No need to thank me for that staggering insight.