I have just finished teaching my last class of the week! What a week this has been. It has been an emotional rollercoaster (and I don't see that ending any time soon!). The biggest swing was between Wednesday night (lying on our bed at 7pm facing at least two more hours of class planning and crying) to Thursday morning (having a GREAT Intermediate Acting class that left me buzzing for hours). There is a very good reason why everyone in Grad School said that your first year of teaching is harder... I haven't (yet) found it more time-taxing, but it is definitely more emotionally taxing.
I am teaching three classes (Public Speaking, Intermediate Acting II & Voice for Performance). I have some great students in each of the classes who are definitely going to keep me prepared and on my toes! I am also managing the costume shop, which right now involves a massive re-organization campaign on my part so that when we start working on shows I will know where everything is.
Overall, this has been a really good week for me. I like the people I'm working with and the students seem to really want to be here and want to learn. I'm going to spend the next several hours working on lesson plans for next week to try and get ahead!
2 days ago