Iâ€™m taking a â€œclassâ€ this semester. Usually I would think that was a great thing, but I am not quite as sure this time. It seems very basic.
That might be because we have only begun. Iâ€™m not sure. It might be because I donâ€™t really understand what is going to happen later on.
Basically, apparently, it is on â€œlearning-centeredâ€ teaching. This means you have the student â€œdoâ€ stuff. Of course, in a writing class, the student is doing all the time. Maybe the problem is that my discipline is so much about this already. Or maybe it is that I already do the things recommended.
In the first week there are three research papers for us to read on learning-centered learning and the first day of class. Weâ€™re talking about getting the student involved. There are 7 ice breaker suggestions. I have used 5 of them. They suggest you introduce yourself to your students, particularly emphasizing your enthusiasm. I do that. They tell you to write your name and the class name on the board on the first day. I do that. I did get two ideas of things for ice breakersâ€¦ One of which I remember.
Then they asked us â€œwhat is important?â€ Was the question what is important about the story they were telling us? Or about our class? Some answered one way, some another. I wrote a tome in that first email, and that was after I deleted parts.
I think that instead of hoping this will help me teach better, which it may or may not, I should be hoping it lets me get to know other adjuncts. I think that will keep me from getting too frustrated.