Three significant learnings:
1. Classroom Management is a consideration for children of all ages. :)
Even after so many years of doing this, I always forget that not everyone is as excited and
2. Man Have I Ever Learned A Lot!
Setting up for the session this evening, I remembered the first ever workshop I gave. I was in second-year university, had never facilitated or presented other than basic info at a meeting. I was such a busy person that one of my mentors thought it would be great for me to share tips and strategies for organizing your life in a workshop at a conference I was helping to organize for the institution. My "workshop" -- if it can even be called that -- was a complete bomb! I had one handout, and no plan. What a fiasco! This evening, on the other hand, I had a suitcase full of tricks, and as I set up for the session I felt 97.5% confident about how the subsequent hour would unfold. I knew that many of the participants would be there against their will, and I knew that seeking their prior input, including relevant examples in my presentation, infusing humour where appropriate, and keeping things moving would help hook most of them. I also had a pretty great ppt and some nice music. Definately a change from my total wash "getting organized workshop" from 20 years ago. "We've come a long way, baby!"
3. I Am Loved!
Strangers, mentors, friends and colleagues helped me prepare for this session. It was the first time I was presenting to a group of non-teachers or non-parents. I needed wisdom and guidance from others, and others -- pilots, CFIs, colleagues -- gave it freely. I also needed gimmicks, and the grade three students I work with were only to happy to supply! They made me some posters for the wall with "tips for teaching" -- very cute: "Mac it interesting" and "Gest have fun" adorned the walls of the room I was working in. Finally, I needed emotional support. This afternoon, my colleagues at the University prayed for me, and as I was leaving the school where I teach tonight to head out to the session, my colleagues there showered me with smiles and encouragement as they wished me good luck.
I feel blessed to have the opportunity to learn so much from something so familiar.