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That Teaching Thing

I spent a lot of time on the phone today for some reason. Here is an excerpt of one conversation:

Me: blah blah blah … web consult … blah blah blah … hockey … blah blah blah … food … blah blah blah … gym … blah blah blah … birthday party … blah blah blah …

Friend: Um … you haven't said much about teaching. What is it like to be back in the classroom?

Oh. Right.

It is about 800 times easier than it was before. This is primarily because my anxiety about it has almost entirely disappeared. I have no explanation for this.

Case in point: Yesterday, I walked into my 12:30 class having done zero prep. None. Well, in fact, there was no prep to be done because the point of the class was to create teams and set them to working on projects, and I hadn't yet met two of the 10 students, and thus no teams could be created until I got at least a rudimentary sense of these individuals. I walked in with the projects ready, and with my powerpoint slides from Week Two last time I taught this, which I hadn't looked at for over a year. I created quick working groups, assigned them some relevant questions to explore, while I met and chatted with the two late arrivals. I had the project teams created, slides updated and things really rolling within 20 minutes. Everything worked out fine. By the time class was over, we were ahead of schedule.

See, the thing is I don't seem to take stuff very seriously if I find it easy. I figure if I can do it, anyone can do it. I have to grapple with the task a little for it to have weight in my life. However, as I explained to my friend, a year ago, I would have had quite a bit of angst about the situation over which I have no control – the low enrollment and the missing mystery students. That part really has changed. No angst (yet).

Let's hope it stays that way.

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3 comments to “That Teaching Thing”

  1. Eating candy in a toast to no angst.

  2. (see, that made it sound like I was eating candy and toast. NO. I need to proofread!)

  3. You have people for that now, right? The proofreading?

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