It’s my first day of teaching ever, and I’m an adjunct media writing professor. I had about three weeks notice that I was going to teach before classes started.
I devise a plan of what I would cover at the beginning of the class — intros, syllabus, the usual.
Class starts and I begin to babble about… I don’t even know what. I forget to even say my name.
A guy raises his hand and asks, “Is this the first class you’re teaching?”
I don’t know what to say, so I just say. “Yes…. now everyone open your syllabus.”
An awkward start.
Fast forward a few years later, and I get a Facebook message from that same former student:
Hey Tim.. I’m doing a scavenger hunt in SF and one of the tasks is to thank a professor. I wanted to thank you and the knowledge you passed down throughout my undergrad career. Appreciate it and keep being the difference!
I guess it worked out, even for my first time.