Yesterday I stumbled upon a good way for me to teach a good lesson:
- plan when I’m feeling great
- teach when I’m feeling low-energy and kind of sick*
Why? Because I whole-heartedly followed through with all of my well-laid plans to let the students do things; I simply didn’t have the energy to turn the class into “The Emily Show.” I think it was up there in the top ten best lessons I’ve taught this semester.
A surprising benefit of having no last-minute subs to call upon!
* I think I’d just eaten something funny the night before. I had no reason to believe I was contagious and I wasn’t feeling horribe enough to be willing to cancel class. I try to be responsible about both showing up and not spreading illness! And just FYI, today I feel great.