I was rubbish this afternoon.
I’m almost brand-spanking new at this teaching thing – I demonstrate software to four classes over two days and this is my third day ever – and am acutely aware that I’ve had no training in how to teach. I’ve always been a ‘just wing it’ kind of person, but that’s not cutting it anymore.
I’m teaching them how to build a website using Dreamweaver. While I was explaining each step to the afternoon class, they all went ahead with the handouts and did the exercise, and because I was explaining the different options I was always a few steps behind them, feeling like tits on a donkey. (Gawd, would you listen to me whine? Some people have real problems, you know.)
Obviously, after the class finished my brain-bulb flashed: der, you should have just said, ‘oh, I see you’re all going ahead with the handouts, does anyone need me to explain these steps?’ Stupidly simple, but like I said, I’m very new to this.
This whole thing is a learning experience.
I think tomorrow I’ll guard the handouts until it’s time for them to do the exercise. Ha ha, take that go-aheaders!