Taught for the second time today, and I’m so enjoying it! The class is Adolescent Literature, and the students are a mix of grads and undergrads, really bright people who ask thoughtful questions and make great insights.
The first time, I gave the class a writing prompt talking about significant details of their childhood neighborhoods. The second time, I lectured about Critical Race Theory and Labeling Theory. The first class was just pure fun for me, but the second really worried me beforehand in terms of how I treated the material, what language I used, and what kind of reactions I would get from the students. But everything went really well, and the students were such a pleasure that I was sorry when we ran out of time.
I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was a little kid, but I’ve always worried that the reality wouldn’t live up to the fantasy. If anything, it’s actually better than I had imagined. It’s such a thrill ride to lead discussion, watching body language to make sure people are engaged, figuring out how to take the material and make it my own, and enjoying the surprising comments students make that shift the ground under my feet. I love it!