i guess it’s a natural feeling. i went through an intensive orientation for my teaching assistant job that would start on monday. there are lots of stuff i need to prepare for and learn. as a graduate student whose first language is not English, i’m required by the department to take a TA certification test. i took it yesterday and i got the highest rank which allows me to “take full responsibility for a lecture/discussion class”. this means i am allowed to teach alone. for the class i will be TAing, i will not teach alone. there’s a professor who does the lecture. i will just have to lead the discussion sections. i will be teaching 4 sections everyday from T-F 8:30 – 9:30a.
i’m excited to stand up in front of a class to be the person in control. i don’t think i will be too nervous when i know people look up to me. the thing i’m concerned is how well i will teach. a professor gave a presentation on the principles of teaching today. he got me thinking about various things i didn’t think before. will i be able to convince the students what they are learning is meaningful to them? can i provide a pleasant learning atmosphere? will the students truly LEARN something from my classes?
how well i will connect with my students is a mystery. i always feel i’m not very sociable in real life. that concerns me a little but i’m full of confidence. i know i will run into problems and have lots to learn before i can teach them. i’ve heard quite a bit about the class “computer analysis” as a lab monitor so it’s not too new but i know how frustrating that class may get for the students if they are behind.