One thing that went well: Right before class started, one of my early birds asked for clarification on the grammar point. My class doesn’t always understand when to use Simple Past and when to use Present Perfect (I went to Italy vs. I have gone to Italy). The woman’s question was about the difference between specific time and general time. Her question led me to frame the functions of Present Perfect a bit differently in class, and it really seemed to be working better for people. Yay for student questions!
One thing to improve: This is going to sound trivial, but I really need to remember to think about whether or not I have enough books and/or copies for the whole class. I have enough books for 16 people, and today I made enough copies of non-book materials for 19 people, and I was surprised when I didn’t have enough for 20 people. Focus, Emily!
One surprise: I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading their writing when I took it home to comment on last night. I was also surprised at how very long it took me to read them all, write meaningful comments, and suggest corrections. There goes my hourly wage! 🙂