Last Wednesday afternoon, I took my students out for the second half of the class that we devoted to group discussions and presentations. The afternoon class that I teach is in a small basement room with no window!
I was walking to my class after lunch with my coffee mug in hand (that’s certainly needed for an afternoon class) and I thought for a second that this is one of the most beautiful sunny afternoons of the first days of Autumn and I don’t want to miss it. I love teaching and I always try to have a fun class. But let’s be honest; it’s hard to sit in a class for two hours. Long classes need to be far more fun to be productive and useful. That’s why we design a lot of in-class activities involving group discussions and short hands-on experiments.
No matter how fun the class is, there are days that you need to feel the breath of fresh air and the wind blowing in your hair. I always loved teachers who’d take us outside to sit on the green grasses and do the class work in nature during my teenage years. I still do.
Last Wednesday I realized I am now that teacher who has the authority to hold the class in a beautiful bright day! So I did, we went out for the second half of the class and we loved it!