I’m sitting here, organizing things for my public speaking class this morning, when I realized that, essentially, I have no classes left to teach.
Lemme ‘splain. No, there is too much – lemme sum up (sorry – couldn’t resist):
The course runs until December 11th (which is, coincidentally, Organic Mama‘s birthday). Anyway, there are four Mondays (including today) between now and December 11th. Today’s class is scheduled to be a speech class – the students are supposed to have written a speech that includes the use of visual aids – so there will be precious little teaching on my part. Next Monday, th 27th, will either be a continuation of today’s class, depending on how long today’s speeches go, or the students will be delivering pursuasive speeches. On the 4th, I’ve got another guest speaker coming to class – I told you about her here – and I can’t wait to see how the students react to her enormous personality. That brings us up to the 11th, which will be final exam / practical day, where I’m hoping to recruit a bunch of my friends and cohorts to act as an audience while the students deliver a short speech. They’ve gotten pretty comfortable talking in front of their classmates – I want to shake things up a bit and see how well they do in front of unfamiliar faces.
That’s it! That’s all we’ve got. No more lecture days, no time, really, to cover any new material.
I can’t believe it. I feel like I still have so much to cover, though I recognize that I ALWAYS feel like that at the end of a class. I’m satisfied with the job I’ve done, though – we’ve kept up with the syllabus, the kids have gotten some good experience speaking in front of a group, they will have had some great guest speakers come to their class, and they have – at least, judging by their mid-term exam grades – a good grasp of the essential concepts of the class.
It’s been a blast, and I’m hoping to get tapped to do it again next term.