A bit behind schedule on the Monday post this week — apologies.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this ProfHacker post about teaching evening classes when you are not yourself a night person. My classes don’t go as late at the author of that post (almost to the start of The Daily Show?! are you kidding me?!) and I’m blessed with a very short walking commute home from work, but I still find evening classes difficult. I am, after all, keen to get into my pyjamas shortly after dinner (or occasionally before). This semester coming up, I’m additionally concerned about how to structure my time because I’ll be teaching classes from 8 am Monday and Wednesday, and then switching gears to a night class on Thursday and back to a noon-3 slot on Friday. It’s going to make for a strange schedule in terms of getting my own work done, so I’ve been reading up on strategies for managing the time.
One thing I intend to do a better job of this year is thinking about the placement of course material within the class time. My night class is a children’s literature course, so saving some of the more animated topics for the end of class could be a useful strategy. I’m thinking something along the lines of lecture/content delivery for the first hour, small group activities for the second, and full class discuss for the last.
Those of you who teach night classes on the regular, what advice do you have? (Especially if you’re a morning person at heart!)