Teaching, Again

Today was the first day of the semester. The usual long break between the end of last semester (when I was only running an honours workshop) and this semester’s which is lectures, labs and all the assessment stuff. An introductory lecture which seemed to be more about some teaching philosophy than anything else. Had one lab (computer lab) today, which I had wanted to be a conversation about participation but actually became much more teacher directed. A quick look at the blogs afterwards and it just really missed the mark. I think the problem is simple, and it is just me trying to make something simple more complicated than it needs to be. In the process instead of giving room to the students for them to take ownership and control of it I end up shaping it way too much. Let’s face it, I’ve developed an excellent participation model, it works. There’s no real need to dress it up more. (A useful thing to try and remember.)