- I will always be surprised. There was the idiot who thought he could do a rom-com by making a speech to his girlfriend in my 600 person class. I was surprised when a student got a cell phone call, answered and then walked out of the class to continue the conservation.
- Which leads to the second lesson: I will never be perfect. I will often wish I had something differently or anticipated a problem.
- Only a few can please everyone (JJ). The rest of us will get evals that present conflicting feedback. "Your slides are too organized." "Not organized enough." "Love the humor" "Hate the jokes." Have to consider the broader patterns and not obsesses about a comment, unless it is something like "he rocks the party that rocks the body."
- My first focus long ago was solely on being clear. I did not attempt to be all that engaging, dynamic, silly, funny or whatever. I just tried to deliver the content as clearly as I could. I eventually relaxed. Whether that is a good or bad thing depends on the student. I did innovate by improving the incorporation of technology. Youtube! I over-did Youtube at first, and then dialed it back a bit.
I will let you know in a semester or two if I am managing.