What do you do when you are out of ideas?
I hit a wall. A BIG, ugly, “I have no idea how to make this anthology interesting or relevant” wall.
I was talking to my fellow Middle Grades ELAR TA this afternoon, and she is having a similar problem with the class she is teaching this semester. The trouble is, we are all each other really has. The teacher I co-teach with does not push for creativity in the classroom, and I find myself begging for criticism—for anything that will help me improve my teaching practices because I know I’m not anywhere close to being proficient yet. We don’t have a content supervisor either, which means that there isn’t really anyone at our university teaching us how to teach English to middle school students.
I’m grateful for the amount of experience we are afforded in our undergraduate experience, and I have had a lot of great professors, but I can’t help feeling like I’m unequipped for this. I’m tired and out of options. Can anyone help? What do you do when it seems you’ve run out of teaching ideas?
Are you there, tumblr? It’s me, Audrey.