Yesterday was my first teaching day since the school remained closed after the hurricane through Monday. Abby and I had to adapt our plan because we missed a lot of time and had to really condense our material. I think I did okay for having to rush through the lesson that I wanted to span two days, but I don’t know if I explained things well enough. I feel like I blanked sometimes on how to elaborate on what I meant. I hope Friday (a practice/activity day) will show me if they really got it or not. Whenever I asked if everything made sense, they all nodded, so that at least makes me hopeful. Sometimes students won’t even nod or shake their heads!
The students were at least respectful and receptive to how I did the lecture. I didn’t want one long day full of lecture; I wanted to break the lecture up with more active learning activities dispersed in between. I also didn’t want to cover so much material at once because I didn’t want to overwhelm them. I wanted to cover one topic per day and spend approximately half the class period engaging with students in practice where we went through some examples together and then I let them pair up to try on their own before bringing the whole group back together in the end to wrap up.
Anyway, I hope my actual abilities and actual joy of doing this will come through more on Friday.
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