- Take deep breaths before you enter the classroom
- Stretch your arms
- Recite nonsense ("My baby does the hanky-panky"). Once you start the performance, as every pianist, actor, or athlete knows, your body will calm down. That's why performers plan grand entrances, and late-night comics do monologues. Start your class with laughter if you can, but weepy or disgusting can also be riveting.
- (my additions) Look people in the eyes
- Focus on someone out there rather than how you feel
- Start with what you know and are comfortable with
- Treat people with respect
- Take every question seriously
Thursday, March 12, 2009
That first day of teaching
Teachers face this every day. Ms Mentor over at the Chronicle for Higher Education has a great post on how we might cope with stage fright.