So, now that my teaching hyman has been broken – which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is a charming turn of phrase – I feel like I should write something insightful about it. But, ha, if that’s what you’re after then you’ve come to the wrong place.
This is what I’ve discovered:
* Walking around the room as you talk students through a program is a great way to hide shaking hands;
* I assume too much knowledge – like knowing what thumbnails are, and that if you want to play with an image in Photoshop, then you need to open that image in Photoshop, not in the preview thingy;
* That when you change the order of the lesson at the last minute, you forget all the cool things that you showed the other classes;
* If the room is even slightly warm, my face will go bright red, even if I’m not stressed or self-conscious or embarrassed (actually, I knew this already, but the computer labs are really hot and stuffy, and how the fuck am I going to teach them Dreamweaver when they’re falling asleep from lack of air?);
* Talking for two hours is thirsty work. Why don’t I get the same dry mouth and croaky voice when talking at a thousand miles an hour, for hours, with friends? Oh yeah, that’s right, because I usually have a wine/beer/cider in my hand when I’m with them. Ahh, I love my friends.