What a great first class!! Would you believe I had my usual "first day of the year" feelings before today's class? Almost felt like I should ring the office with head counts, the old pre-Infinite Campus first days. There's always some anxiety in shoving off from shore. Today was a terrific first leg of the cruise.
What made it so gratifying for me was the involvement of everyone. As every teacher knows, there's nothing more dreadful than trying to get learners to engage. Like pushing a rope so often. Not today. It was more like water skiing, being pulled along by the enthusiasm, community, and ideas of the group. "I love technology" (points for whoever can name the movie in which that was sung at a wedding! More points for playing it on your computer for everyone!!) but I love teaching and learning way more.
I don't expect anyone to "get it" (any more than I "get it") in these sessions. I really do think the feeling of swimming in the deep end that most of us talked about at some point is more the expectation. You work hard to keep from sinking but there's fun in the work. If by way of these modules each of you finds one thing that has a positive impact on your teaching, I'll consider this an enormous success. Patience, an open mind, and more of today's genuine engagement will help that to happen.
Thanks, everyone, for a a fun first day.
7 years ago