Tonight’s the big night.
I managed to get approval from the recreation center to use one of their classrooms, I worked up a good curriculum, and I have two people who say they will come, three if you count the rec center director who wants to sit in.
Not the resounding success I had hoped for, but ya gotta start somewhere.
I suspect that this particular class will go the way of the writing groups I have tried to start in the past, which is nowhere fast.
But I have come up with several positive points to dwell on so that I don’t get discouraged:
- Scheduling this class, whether it flies or not, gave me the incentive to put together a few weeks worth of conversation class curriculum, something I have wanted to do for a couple of years but always stopped myself with the thought, why? What particular group of students am I directing it at? etc. Planning this class has focussed me enough to get it done.
- Perhaps I will impress the director with my class packet and my teaching style and he will list my class in the next rec center schedule, which may generate more students than my pitiful few fliers around town
- I will have put the wheels in motion (As Mary Poppins says, “Well begun is half done.”) This includes having the incentive to buy a dry erase board with necessary accoutrements, ten-sided dice (for practicing numbers), and to make a picture file for use in demonstrating vocab/generating conversation.
I know it sounds like I’m being negative in my assumption that this particular class won’t go anywhere, but I have a list for that too:
- I feel more comfortable assuming the worst, and being pleasantly surprised when things don’t completely suck
- It feels more emotionally responsible to see this as the first small step/attempt and not set myself up for crushing disappointment by thinking, “This is it! It’s this or nothing!”
- I feel like evaluating things realistically is the only way to figure out how to succeed, to know what is working, to change the things that don’t work
None of it feels like work to me. When I come up with activities, worksheets, dialogues, conversation starters, etc. I do not feel the effort required but am carried away by my enthusiasm and interest. I find myself looking forward to this kind of work. In fact I have to be careful to remind myself that it is important, because I tend to put it off too long the way I would set aside reading a book or watching a tv show or any other form of entertainment that must wait indefinitely because I have to cook and clean and mind the kids. That’s how much I enjoy planning a class. If that isn’t the ultimate in nerddom, I’m not sure what is.
So we shall see what comes of it this evening. If there is anything of interest to report, I will write a post about it tomorrow. Otherwise, I will write a post whenever I get to step two!