Friday morning I lectured over Listening and Outlining with my students. These two chapters were a little easier to present because I have already covered them in my Tuesday/Thursday class. We started out with Listening since they are usually a little more awake and ready to pay attention. As the class starts to wear on, they start to get a little stir crazy. We meet once a week for 2 hours and 40 minutes. I usually try to give them (and myself) a ten minute break somewhere in the middle just to give everyone a chance to stand up, move around, and get the blood flowing again. They are always able to step out if they need to use the restroom or take an emergency phone call, but some of them do smoke or won’t leave during lecture.
I did announce to them at the beginning that we had a lot to do that day and there would not be a formal break. This is how I bought myself some “extra” time to make sure that I could fit in the Pictionary activity with this class. I started out by giving them a quiz on the material that we covered the last week. My Friday students are doing slightly better on the quizzes than my T/TR students. This is surprising to me. Last Spring, my Friday students struggled a lot with the material and I attributed it to the meeting schedule. I felt that the students didn’t have enough time to let some of the information sit and gel before we had to move on to the next topic. Speech is kind of like math– it all builds on itself and if a student has trouble understanding addition that lack of understanding is only going to get worse when you try to teach them multiplication or division.
But, I think that since I had the predisposition that my Friday students would have a more difficult time, I stressed to them at the beginning how important it was for them to do their reading, study for their quizzes, and take an active role in class. The other thing that I find interesting is that I gave my T/TR students a practice quiz to show them the types of questions that I would ask. I did not collect it or even see their scores– so whether they did bad or good I will never know. But, I did it as kind of a warning to show them that they would need to study. I did not do that for my Friday class, and yet they are scoring higher (as a group) than my T/TR students. There is the possibility that my practice quiz exercise actually backfired on me. Anyway. These are the types of things that I find interesting and turn over in my mind late at night when I am trying to sleep.
I liked this outfit well enough. It does seem very fitting for the Fall season with its color palette. But, the dress is a linen material and has a strappy top. This can make it difficult to wear it to school. I always have to put something under it and/or over top of it to make it appropriate. Plus, this sort of feels like I just put on random layers in a sense. And, this is extremely similar to the last time that I wore this dress, just with a different colored cardigan, basically. (I think I may have liked it better the first time around.) And while there is nothing wrong with wearing the same outfit twice, I feel that it should be a good outfit and this one is just so-so. And then there’s my hair. I have noticed that when I don’t like the way my hair is in a picture I tend to dislike the outfit. Weird, right?
There are so many girls who can make a casual ponytail look cute and really good. I just don’t think that I am one of them. Truth be told, I didn’t wash my hair this morning. I washed it the night before for class and had planned on wearing it pulled back or up. I don’t wash my hair everyday–I usually wash it everyday other day. I think that I would have felt better if I had washed my hair and styled it differently, but there wasn’t time for that on Friday morning.
But, I still feel like I am doing o.k. in the challenge to make my Friday outfits as good, if not better, than my T/TR outfits. Just because it’s Friday I don’t want to feel like I am giving up or dressing too casual. What are your thoughts? Do you like this dress better the first time or second time that I styled it? Does something like your hairstyle make you like an outfit more or less? Please leave me a comment below!
- How To Craft An Engaging Lecture (howtolearn.com)
- Crafting an Engaging Lecture (rcmsblog.wordpress.com)
- Lecture As Content Delivery Is Dead (thethinkingstick.com)