The spring semester has started. I have two sections of Math in Decision Making, which are going just fine. But I also have a section of linear algebra.
The big problem. I am terrible.
It is only four class meetings in, since I had to miss a day for the Joint Meetings. But already my class of 28 had an attendance of 18. My hack at a new structure is not going well. The attendance problem I am taking as a sign that students don’t see class time as valuable. Frankly, given how meetings 1-3 went, they are right.
To top it off, I had someone ask “what’s the purpose of this?” in the middle of class. Another sign I am not getting things done properly.
It is not too late to salvage things, but it is gonna take some work to re-earn the trust of the class.
Back to work.