I had to post a midday reminder which consisted entirely of what I repeated to myself while driving to work this morning and not feeling like coming in to teach.
Although actually today wasn’t too difficult because it was Monday and on Monday we do notes. (Wednesdays too.) But this worried me a little. I am pretty good at getting my students to be quiet and not interrupt while I lecture from the whiteboard or a powerpoint. I say pretty good because some days are better than others. However it’s relatively easy to do this. I know when someone is off task because they are talking. During notes its mostly me talking with frequent questions where the students raise their hands. There isn’t a lot of ambiguity there. Where I struggle is in every other area. I don’t want to lecture every day and I don’t believe it would be beneficial. My students need time to work and practice and ask questions and struggle with tasks. It is here that I am weak. I have taught them how to behave during notes but I did not do a good job this semester of teaching what good individual and group work looks like. I tried and I think I subconsciously gave up. Instead I just kept giving group and individual assignments and then got frustrated with my classes when they didn’t do what I wanted them to do. This has been particularly frustrating because a majority of what we do in class is not the traditional lecture. Figuring out how to teach students to work well in this second context will be a key to succeeding next semester.
Thanks for reading.