Tonight I was observed. I don’t like it - I don’t know anyone in the teaching profession who does. I had some pretty severe anxiety about it beforehand and probably overplanned and overworried about everything, just because…well, that’s me.
Imagine my surprise, then, when my observer stood beaming as my class sat debating the justification of comma placement in the editing and proofreading class I was teaching.
Afterwards, my observer commented that she’d never seen a punctuation class like that before, where everyone contributed and had an ACTUAL discussion about how to structure a good sentence and what worked and what didn’t.
Punctuation is a horribly dry topic to teach, and unfortunately it’s the sticking point for so many writers. When my class not only rose to the challenge, but told me that they ENJOYED it, I was kind of overwhelmed.
Now I don’t really care what grade I get for my lesson. I loved just watching them engage with the subject in a way I never thought they would. And that, for me, is what makes it worth it. We don’t often get moments like that in education. I intend to savour it a little.