Second day of teaching today, and it was magical. Students were laughing, blurting out answers, completely engaged. And I think it’s going to keep getting better, the more I do it. I’m still working on the balance between bombarding them with too much stuff and not having enough to fill the time, but I’m switching more and more over to writing activities and discussion, so I think that’ll give everyone a chance to mull things over a bit before we charge onward.
The main issue for me is that, control freak though I am, I have to give up a lot of control to get the dynamic I want, where things flow organically from discussion and where the ideas are coming from them, not from me. It’s a lesson I wish I’d learned a long time ago, but better late than never.