As a ball is thrown up in the air, it starts by moving up before slowing to a temporary stop, changing direction, and falling back down, all the while undergoing constant acceleration in the downward direction. But, questions abound. (What happens to the acceleration at the top of the ball’s arc?) Therefore, our discussion in class was extended by a bit.
This semester, we’ve carved out time from the Teaching Assistants’ normal duties—a half-hour per week—to use for professional development activities. This post series tracks our weekly goals and activities. Over my years as a TA and instructor, I’ve developed strategies to gain and keep the attention of the students when needed. One of my key strengths for this is my ability to speak loudly and clearly. But, with great power comes great responsibility. Along the…
My computer has been a bit unhappy lately, and occasionally the display goes dark at inopportune times. But, today was worse: during class, all I saw was a black screen in front of me. Therefore, I went back to an analog teaching device.
In my new position, I now get to attend faculty meetings, and my first one was today. But, just before the meeting, I dropped spaghetti sauce on the front of my white shirt. Therefore, when walking into the meeting, into the room full of professors, I was self-conscious of the red spot on my shirt.
An interesting clicker question, and a first vote which was split 45/35. But, the plurality was on the incorrect answer (which sometimes turns the discussions awry). We went for a peer discussion (sans hints) anyway. The result: 20/80.
I was wearing a crisp white shirt. At the end of the class, I needed to write something down, and I grabbed a pen that was lying on the lectern. But, the pen had exploded, and I got ink all over my hands. I avoided getting ink on the shirt, but visited two other classrooms before finding out that I had ink on my nose.
This semester, we’ve carved out time from the Teaching Assistants’ normal duties—a half-hour per week—to use for professional development activities. This post series tracks our weekly goals and activities. My first Teaching Assistant experience came as an undergraduate student in an introductory calculus class. My job was to run quizzes and work example problems in a weekly tutorial, a task which seemed straightforward enough. But, that job description was all the support I was given.…
Today there was an outside announcement at the start of class, and the students clapped for the person when they finished. But the applause was a bit tentative. Therefore, I acknowledged that it’s okay to not clap for an announcement. (They later clapped for the announcement of our in-class TAs.)
So far, I’ve been feeling good in the class, and things have been going smoothly. But, today my computer was acting up and my clicker’s batteries were running low. Therefore, I tried to play it cool at the front despite being frustrated by technology.
It’s early in the semester, and the weather outside is still warm. But, it was even warmer inside the classroom today. Therefore, I was a bit sweaty during the lecture.