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16-06-2016, 07:29 PM
Advice from teachers please
I just finished teaching yet another class and I find that my enthusiasm and pep is waning. Any advice on how to keep interested when the subject matter is old hat for you? Undecided

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16-06-2016, 07:33 PM
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I take an interest in the pupils. I make a point to inspire them. How can I do that? I really have to think about it sometimes. The important thing is it's about them, not me.

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16-06-2016, 07:36 PM
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(16-06-2016 07:33 PM)Banjo Wrote:  I take an interest in the pupils. I make a point to inspire them. How can I do that? I really have to think about it sometimes. The important thing is it's about them, not me.

Thanks. I suppose it’s all about the perspective.

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16-06-2016, 07:37 PM
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I think so.

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16-06-2016, 08:08 PM
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(16-06-2016 07:29 PM)Full Circle Wrote:  I just finished teaching yet another class and I find that my enthusiasm and pep is waning. Any advice on how to keep interested when the subject matter is old hat for you? Undecided

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16-06-2016, 08:19 PM
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Bring in new materials? View a movie that relates to the topic and discuss it?

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16-06-2016, 08:22 PM
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What course are you teaching?

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16-06-2016, 08:26 PM
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Come up with a bunch of clever puns and magic tricks that relate to the course material. Everyone likes magic tricks.

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16-06-2016, 08:28 PM
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In the teaching class we all had to do, the professor was always bright and perky. "How do you do it Dr. H?" we would ask. She replied with a smile, "I fake it if I don't feel it. Half of this job is sometimes acting." So one could take that approach and try to ignore the burnout or lack of pep, but really, Banjo it it square on the nose, I think.

Personally I've done seven Intro classes in the past two semesters...least favorite class to teach. However, trying to find ways to make the material relateable to the students, trying to see that lightbulb go off and then see them react with some excitement to the material and hopefully foster some sort of desire to learn more, to maybe do more than they intended to do in the class and outside of it with their future plans, that's the really amazing thing.

That said, find a way to take care of you, too. Maybe take a day once in a while to de-stress some, do something you enjoy or look at other subjects. It might be interesting to see how your own subject area jumps back out at you unintended and maybe reignites some of the fire. Hope you find that zest for the subject again though, whether in something about it you enjoy on your own, or as a result of wanting to help your students better themselves.

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16-06-2016, 08:53 PM
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One thing I did was to switch the order in which the different aspects were taught. In Geometry class, for instance, once the basic theorems were laid out, I could go straight to parallel line postulate, or congruence, or reductio ad absurdum (what, at that level, is called indirect proof). In Physics classes, I always had fun. In Thermodynamics, I set things on fire. In Electricity and Magnetism I could levitate stuff or interfere with expected motion. You have to have something that excites you about what you are teaching that comes from what you see when doing research.
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