Oct 21, 2008

Second Teaching Review

Today I had another review of my teaching. I was uber nervous because the first professor who observed my class a few weeks ago basically ripped me apart. She hated my class and the way I teach, which made me really upset. I was worried that I would never get the hang of teaching and that my students would do poorly overall.

Things are looking up now, though. My class had one of the best averages on the departmental midterm, and the professor who reviewed me today had many nice things to say. It was so helpful to hear the things I am doing right; it really improved my confidence and mood towards teaching after getting blasted last time. She said she was impressed about how knowledgeable my students are. She also told me that I have a great rapport with my students and that I am comfortable in front of them, even if things get bumpy during the lesson, which are things you can almost never teach, you just have to have. These compliments are great, because sometimes I feel like I really have no idea what I'm doing and it's obvious. The professor's criticisms were only that I the way I explain things is too metalinguistic and that both my students and I need to use more German in class. I feel that these are good criticisms that I can use to improve in the next few weeks, until she reviews me again.


JR Moreau said...

Congrats! Knowing that you're getting through to people is an amazing feeling. When I train people or give any sort of talk and the points are taken and insightful questions are asked rather than "what the hell did you just say?" it's encouraging.

Keep up the good work. I'm sure it's only going to get easier and you'll keep getting great reviews.

Dolly Iris said...

I love constructive criticism. I'm glad to hear the second review went a lot better. It always nice to hear the good things you are doing as well as the things you could improve on.