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Teaching

I realised something very interesting today – I’m having fun teaching. I suppose, since it’s the fourth semester that I am teaching this class I should say “it’s about time”. Summer wasn’t bad, but it was difficult to teach two classes back to back – now, after doing two-hour sessions for a third semester it really isn’t a big deal. Of course, when I mentioned it to Gordon, about “having fun” teaching, his first question was “are you getting them to talk?” My first thought was focussed on today – and the answer would be no, not much talking. But then I thought back over the four days I have taught, and I realised that I am getting them to talk – far more than I would have thought possible when I started all this. There’s a distinct difference between the two classes though – my first class is more talkative than is my second class. Tomorrow’s class has more opportunties for them to talk, more chances for interactions. I hope it goes well.

So I suppose I have learned a thing or two about interactive teaching. I can’t be someone other than I am, but I can do a decent job of acting. An effective, engaging teacher needs to be something of a performer. It isn’t just a part of their personality. While the great ones are quirky, you can be good without needing to be great. Right now, being “better” is a good starting point. If I can be better, then eventually I can be good. My personality and my way of speaking are a challenge, a hindrance, but they are not insurmountable obstacles.

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