If you had asked me yesterday morning what the hard part would be with my new classes, I would have said “setting the stage for the rest of the semester.” Now that I’m done with that task, the real hard part is starting … helping the students take charge of their own learning and providing the resources they need to be successful in that endeavor.
For some it will be hard – I told them that they were the teachers of the 21st Century, so they will have to unlearn some of their 20th Century schooling … there were a lot of blank faces. Then, as I introduced the blogging and wiki activities, the blank looks turned to wrinkled brows … you know, the “Huh?” look. So tomorrow I’ll spend the 50 minutes going over the syllabus specifics and the technology tools that they will be using.
I’m excited at the outcomes that we’ll all be seeing – and hopeful that we’ll be bulding skills that will brighten up their future teaching.
After teaching online for the past 9 months, it’s good to get back into the f2f classroom. I like seeing the responses (good, blank, and confused) on their faces.
Well … you get the idea.