I recently gave my first lecture. Not a lecture created by someone else that I was merely delivering, but my first original lecture. I followed the plan I described in the previous post and the results were satisfactory. I grouped the students by proximity and gave them more than enough time to work on the problem at hand; I ended up truncating said time allottment because I noticed that many students had gotten their phones out. But as the discussion progressed, the phones were set down.
Within the first few minutes of discussion one brazen individual was already testing the waters with an unoriginal reference to moonshine in place of a legitimate answer. We laughed briefly and went on, but not until their group had been renamed “smartass.” They seemed to get the message, and even tucked their tails a little, so to speak. I think my future struggles will not be to maintain control, but to avoid being too harsh, particularly in the classroom setting. This is something I’ll strive to be cognizant of as I develop my teaching voice.
There are, of course, things I want to tweak in terms of how I set up the case studies and what drives the content of the lecture, but at the end of the hour I was in one piece and the students were all awake. They may have even learned something.