first day teaching at SHIFT

Today was my first day teaching at SHIFT. With only five students, I felt more in control and I felt like the conditions were better suited for me as a teacher/instructor because I could really get to know each one individually and put my empathy to great use.

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with my first ever class at SHIFT

Teaching scriptwriting, at its core, involves teaching creativity and the use of the imagination and having a small class meant we can really sit down and talk in a situation that encourages the free expression of ideas and chance to really bring out people’s imaginative talents.

I guess it also helped that I went through my first day at CSB and I got a feel of how it is to teach scriptwriting. The first lesson plan I had prepared was a little off and I got to perfect it for the SHIFT class. Of course, the SHIFT class will be moving faster and more in-depth because it’s a smaller class and we can share ideas easily and in a more free-flowing manner. It’s more democratic because everyone will get a chance to talk and to express themselves and ask questions.

I will always try to do that for even the CSB class but with 22 students in the room, I don’t know if I’ll be able to get to everyone. I don’t want to move too fast for the ones who won’t pick up as quickly but I don’t want to go too slow for the brighter ones to get bored. It’s going to be a lot more work on my part.

The first class is always going to be messy and a little disjointed but now that I’ve got my bearings, I now how to do this and where to go.

This is it. I’m ready to make 2017 my teaching year. This will be a year for education: what I can impart and what I can learn in the process.

 

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