Less is More

This semester has been great and I have learned a great deal from Professor Sample and from all of my fantastic classmates.  The experience of the teaching Plan was great, but a bit stressful. I have been teaching for the past 15 years and I have always thought that the teaching plan was going to be a piece of cake. The part that I found to be challenging was that I had so many activities to choose from.  It wasn’t until I posted my teaching plan on the Blackboard that I realized I miscalculated the amount of time it would take me to cover the entire lesson. Instead of three class sessions, it would take me six or more.

Some aspects of my microteaching were surprising. For example, in the classes that I teach every semester at Nova, time does not seem to be an issue.  During my microteaching, time seemed to go by very slowly at the beginning. When the class was rewriting the point of view of their assigned paragraphs, I felt a bit uncomfortable with how slow time seemed to be going. I could hear the clock ticking closer towards the 15 minutes deadline. I wanted to rush the class to hurry up. Yet, in my regular college classes, I don’t have the need to rush the students. On the contrary, I want the students to take their time and truly get deeper into the text.  That said, I enjoyed the feedback and the responses I received from the microteaching activity.

I want to thank the class and Professor Sample for a wonderful course this semester. Now I have new found knowledge and a huge number excellent activities that I can utilize with my students.