There are some days when it just works; today was one of them. And if I could explain why and how it happens, I would. What creates engaged students, willing contributions to class discussion, and startled disbelief that almost 2 1/2 hours have passed? This is why I love teaching. This is also why I despair some days about ever getting it right.
It may be a rare combination of subject matter, students enrolled (over which I have no control), prevailing winds, and the capriciousness of the gods. Today we talked about Sun Tzu's Art of War (which you can read here), Rudyard Kipling's Six Honest Serving Men, Total Quality Management (TQM), competitive rivalry, Cirque de Soleil, and softball. It just doesn't get much better.