All entries for Monday 22 November 2010
November 22, 2010
At last the nerves of teaching are not affecting my sleep any more, I am now a whole lot more relaxed leading up to the lesson and during it.
Saying this, however, I am getting the increasing sense that I'm not a good teacher. When the majority of the class look at you, straight after teaching them a method, and complain about not understanding, a feeling of inadequacy and helplessness sets in. On the one hand, this could be something you just get used to as a teacher, but on the other hand, I could be confusing these young people way more than I should be doing! Hopefully I'll look back and see the obvious mistakes I made, or perhaps I might even look back and see I was teaching really well and just took things too personally, I don't know. But for now, I need to work on improving the level I aim my lessons at. If I aim a bit lower, this could build the class's confidence and encourage them to attempt the harder questions I've been setting so far.
With behaviour management I still struggle. I'm yet to hand out my first detention, which is relatively good considering it means no-one has been naughty enough to deserve it. I feel that the more experience I have, the more time at the front of the classroom, the more I'll feel relaxed, confident and let my personality come over and hopefully inspire discipline itself.
Today I have my first revision session with Year 13. It's Mechanics 1 so it should be pretty straight forward. It will be interesting to experience this very different form of teaching.