I know I said the other day, I wasn’t really going to blog much about teaching, and yet, here I am, blogging about teaching.
After just a few days of being an adjunct professor at Maryland, I have an insane amount of respect and new-found appreciation for teachers every where.
Teaching is hard work!
And I’m not saying that in a woe is me kind of way. It’s more like I never had any idea what kind of work teachers put in behind the scenes. I pretty much just assumed they did a little lesson planning, showed up to teach and then did some grading.
But I’m slowly learning there’s so, so much more to it than that.
The class I teach at Maryland meets twice a week for two hours at a time. For four classroom hours this week, I put in 20 hours of prep time Sunday and Monday.
Now maybe that’s just me because I’m an overly neurotic Type-A planner who likes to have everything under control, but it probably has a lot do to with adapting to the course material and the format of the class.
I literally have no idea how full-time teachers plan enough course material to last eight hours per day, five days per week.
How do you come up with that much stuff?
There are times I worry I’m not going to be able to fill a full two-hour block of time.
But then I find that time in the classroom moves the opposite of how you want it to. On days when you think you have enough planned and you want time to hurry up, it drags. And on days when you could desperately use an extra five minutes to wrap up a concept, time flies.
Despite all the hard work, I’m loving it though. I’m lucky to have a really great group of students that seem interested and engaged, and they make it fun.
To my teacher readers, if you have some sage teaching wisdom to share with me, I’d love to hear it.
For everyone else, what’s the best thing a teacher has ever taught you?