Tuesday Teaching Talk is a regular feature which, as the name implies, is an opportunity to talk explicitly about teaching (and learning) in the practical and philosophical sense that happens on, you guessed it, Tuesday. It could be a question, an article or a tip to name a few options.
Chalk it up to Labor Day idleness, but today’s TTT will be brief (and somewhat off the cuff).
Personally I think that Week 3 is a turning point. The initiation is done and now we’re down to business. Day 1 class list are due followed closely by the day 10’s. Committees are in full swing and student’s are adjusting to their new schedule. For many K-12 students (and some of ours who didn’t realize our semester started 2 weeks ago), school starts today. Share some first day memories, good or bad, as a teacher or as a student.
Here’s mine (and it’s happened on multiple occasions though most notably my 3rd semester teaching).
I was geared up to teach an actual college level class (college algebra at LUC). I was the only grad. student at the time given this privilege. I confidently walked in and handed out syllabi. I began talking about the course. About 5 minutes later, a student asked what any of this had to do with psychology. Red-faced, wind knocked out of my, I recollected the syllabi, looked at the room number, mumbled something incoherent and walked next door to my actual classroom. Luckily I was a few minutes early. At the least, the situation was a nice ice-breaker for my actual class.