Oh. My. Lord. I am exhausted! I didn't realize how much teaching today was stressing me out until now. I'm still taking deep breaths in hopes of calming down. I can talk in front of a group of students all day long but put me in front of a group of peers and I start going down the dark road of self-doubt and get a bad case tongue tied-ness. However, it has been my personal and professional goal to GET OVER IT already.
I've been trying to remind myself of the following:
I figured the best way to get over my fears was to confront them head on. Baby step number one was facilitating our district book study. That made me a little nervous but I knew most of the people in the group so it wasn't bad at all.
Today was the BIG STEP!
No one threw tomatoes or booed at all. I got some good feedback and am excited to try again in August. That's right. My classes were so popular that they had to open a second section of both of them in August.
I have to share my freak out today though. I got to the place early and got busy setting up my computer for my SMART board presentation. I look at the cords they had and there wasn't a dongle. I hate that word, but that is what I've heard this thing is called
It is what hooks my computer to the SMART board. I tried to use my calmest voice to ask if they had a dongle anywhere. Nope. None. Didn't I bring my own?
Ummmm...wasn't it enough that I wasn't sweating through my shirt? I guess not.
I ran to the bathroom and texted my dear friend/coworker Courtney and guess what she did. She drove her dongle all the way up to the class with her two kids in tow to help me out. I was almost to the end of my morning class but when she walked in with that stupid little white dongle, I about jumped into her arms. Hooray for awesome friends and teammates!
Now I am ready to start on the next item on my Summer Bucket List.