This semester I am running all three of my classes as “modified Moore method” courses. (The amount of modification depends on the audience and aims of the course.)
During our first meetings, I worked hard to set the right tone and expectations. We even took time to practice what class would look like. But then I had to let them go with tasks to try.
Tomorrow morning I walk in to my classes with a lesson plan that starts and ends with, “Are there any volunteers?”
I have faith in myself that I can handle whatever happens. I will think quickly and I will adapt, probably.
But more importantly I have faith in my students. They will have worked hard, and, though nervous, they will have something to say.
So I step into the void. “Who has something to share?”