I teach my last class of the academic year in a few hours, a group of students in a biology and gender class. I’ve taught the class before, really enjoy the content, the professor’s terrific, etc. It’s an ideal class for me.
And I don’t wanna. I can’t wait for it to be over, can’t wait for the semester and the year to be over, if I never see another smartboard or malformed database query again in my life it will be too soon.
Slight exaggeration, but also kind of true. I want to be a good, critical, reflective instructor. But I really struggle with burnout, too. There’s a great chapter in Critical Library Instruction by Troy Swanson that tackles the question How do we employ critical teaching methods when students would rather be banking? Banking education can be easy for students and teachers, especially for those of us who know how to do it and do it well. Reflective engagement, willingness to fail and learn from failure, critical attention to the praxis moment in the classroom, all these things sometimes feel pleasurable, but also feel exhausting, particularly at this point in the semester.
So, how do y’all stay inspired and engaged? How do we recharge and refresh? How do we keep instruction, especially in courses that we’ve taught again and again, from getting old and stale? Who has tricks?
(I teach in three hours, so anything you can suggest between now and then would be helpful!)