My first semester of teaching is finally over! In this fall, I was teaching Math 118 “Fundamental Principles of Calculus,” the course that nobody wants to teach :)
The main lesson I have learned is that I have to do everything slower: to speak slower, to write slower, and, most importantly, do not erase things from the blackboard too fast. Students need some time to digest new material, regardless on how trivial this material is (or seems to be).
The main surprise was the overwhelming number of emails that in one way or another were related to teaching. The are exactly 115 days between August 22, 2011, the beginning of the fall semester, and December 14, 2011, the date of the final exam. Within this time slot, I received exactly 231 emails. It means, on averages, I was receiving 2 emails per day!
The main question I am still puzzled with is the following. How come that, although I can do this, I can’t do that, while almost all students in my class can. What is wrong with me? :)
P.S. In spring, I will be teaching two courses: Math 245 “Mathematics of Physics and Engineering,” and Math 408 “Mathematical Statistics.” Pretty exciting!