I am tired today, in part because I didn't get enough sleep, and in part because I subbed for a colleague yesterday, which means I stood up all morning. So, I didn't sleep well, in part because of my aching lower body.
I know that many teach from a seated position, but I've never been able to do that. Plus I know that the class could be somewhat rowdy, so I wanted to be standing so that I got a full view.
The class wasn't rowdy--in fact, they were delightful. I know that I came to the class from a very different position than the teacher, so I'm not reading much into it. We spent the first 90 minutes talking about social change and how social change comes about--a great discussion about social justice movements. We took a break, and then did a thorough exam review. When I didn't know an answer, we looked it up in the textbook.
I realized that I've always felt like a failure if I have to send people to the book, while many students like using the book this way--an interesting insight.
While I was teaching upstairs, gingerbread house decorating began downstairs. Here's my favorite picture from the day:
I spent the afternoon trying to recover from teaching. In retrospect, I probably should have gone offsite for lunch to give myself a chance to regroup. When I teach the way I did yesterday, it takes a lot of energy, which leaves me drained. I'm not at my most patient, problem-solving self in the hours after a class.
But overall, it was a good day. When students are enthusiastically decorating gingerbread houses, how can it be a bad day?