Suck at one thing.. good at another..
So Friday's class was a complete mess.
I gave them a quiz for the first 20 minutes. Learned a lot about classroom control. A stare definitely has its power. So I used the quiet stare to get the attention of the room. Success, it worked! So my classroom control was way better than it was on Thursday. I liked it alot.
So than I had to teach them the concept on solving linear equations with two variables. Did they ever get confused. It was definitely the way I explained it. They were asking why I picked 0, 1, -1 for the x values. I tried to explain that to them. I'm not sure if most of them got it. But they say they did. I don't know if I got the concept across or not. Did I completely fail? No. Did I successfully teach the concept well? No.. So what do I do for Monday? How do I get better? What kind of questions will my kids ask? Do they understand what is going on? Do I?
There is another factor, I didn't see my co-op teach before I taught my class. He has his Math class before I do, so I can see how he teaches his concepts before I do. So it is good practice that I teach concepts before my co-op so I know what I can work on.
I am really struggling with how I'm going to get better and better at this teaching thing. My co-op tells me that he is confident in me when I take over his classes eventually. Really?? I don't know, because I'm pretty much teaching his classes now but by watching him do it beforehand I have that advantage. When I do take over his classes, I won't have that luxury. Will I fail miserably again and again than? I don't know.. Just something to keep in mind I guess.