Students: 18 One thing that went well: The warm-up turned out to be quite a success. We practiced each other’s names. I kicked things off by saying we should test the teacher. I went around the room and named everyone who was there so far. (100% correct, not because I worked at it, but because … Continue reading Journal: First Day of Computer Lab
I have to admit that this Day 1 has not been my favorite so far. First I couldn’t find my housekeys. I’m hoping they’re in Someone’s pocket. Thus my home is locked but not dead-bolted, meaning that a barely equipped thief can get in but I can’t. Love it. I got to my new teaching … Continue reading Journal: First Day
Today was my first day of class! Students: 7 Countries of Origin: El Salvador, Mexico, South Korea, Honduras Objectives: Students will register Students will start learning each other’s names Teacher will get a sense of everyone’s English abilities What surprised me: I only had two students returning from last semester. I thought I would be … Continue reading Journal: First Day Impressions and Planning
My first day back was Awesome. I like doing my job even more than I like the idea of it. It felt good to take stock, set a few basic priorities, and dive in! I was a teacher short, had backlogs of notes to read from my subs; there was paperwork to be organized and … Continue reading First Day Back!
On the first day of class, even while everyone was juggling silly First Day logistics, I was really struck by that First Day feeling, where it’s all excitement and hope and curiosity. It’s hard to imagine the mid-semester slump even though it happens every single time. Since I have no grading or planning responsibilities at … Continue reading Goal For This Semester
Fall semester 2017 has begun! There’s a bit of a change for me this time around: I am assistant teaching in two academic writing classes, back-to-back. First I spend about an hour in Intermediate, and then I walk two doors down and spend an hour in Advanced. It’s pretty great. Both of my lead teachers are … Continue reading A Fresh, New Semester
In anticipation of the beginning of the semester, here’s what’s on my mind: What can I do to set a great tone for the semester? How do I meaningfully and efficiently communicate expectations to everyone? Am I prepared to help people log into the class computers? This system is particularly weird! How am I going … Continue reading Beginning with the End In Mind
The course syllabus gives students powerful information about the upcoming semester: learning goals, assignment schedules, grading policies, academic resources, and so much more. But it just looks like a stack of paper. Unfortunately, in my experience the students who need this resource the most are the ones least likely to recognize and understand all it … Continue reading Syllabus Activities
Hello! Summer’s not quite over yet, but I’m back! I’ll be assistant teaching again this semester, and part of that deal is no prep! I don’t write a syllabus, set up the LMS, create a schedule of assignments, or do much of anything besides show up on the first day. While I’m the first to … Continue reading And We’re Back!
Hello! I have decided to take the summer off from publishing on this blog. The plan is to return in September when I start assistant teaching again, or possibly before. Some links around this blog that may be helpful to you while I’m away: Activity Corner Posts Writing Posts Grammar Posts Reading Posts Professional Development … Continue reading Summer Vacation!