I had the opportunity to day to talk with a former professor of mine. We were talking about my classes, and I brought up that one of the projects I assign is the direct result of an off the cuff remark he made those many years ago. He wasn't sure what I meant, so I explained to him: I was a nursing student when I was in his class. I had left music due to a chronic wrist problem. This was a behavioral stats class (which, also, because of him, would turn out to be my "new" new major). We were talking about betting odds and he made a side remark about how most newscasters and sports announcers and even advertisers misused the terminology. That one remark has stuck with me all these years, to the point where my students are assigned a project where they have to listen to a sportscast and pay attention to advertisements and decide if odds are stated correctly or not (and how often they're misused). Think about it...I was just one student in one class, yet that remark is shaping the education of dozens of kids every year I teach. When I think about it, I'm in awe of the power of a teacher. It's amazing the influence we have on our students and even students we may never meet.