Remember that post about awkward social situations? You know, the one from 3posts ago? Yeah, that one. I've now discovered that student presentations are the epitome of that feeling. That "oh no! something bad is about to happen! i want to fix it but can't! must leave the room." feeling.
They're up there, trying so hard to get the information out.
Worried about their grade.
Worried about their classmates' reactions.
Asking themselves if they've prepared enough. If they know the material well enough.
Asking themselves if they can even do this.
I want to get in there and help them. Here's how we can handle this awkward silence! Here's how to engage your classmates! I know the answer! Here you go, don't fret.
But that's not how this class is run. This class is about them. It's about them asking the questions and formulating the responses. I'm not supposed to be an active participant. Sure, correct them if they're wrong, but they are to discover the answer on their own. Talk it through. Brainstorm. Ponder.
But oh, those looks of anxiety, they kill me.
... and I can't leave the room.
One down, five to go.