Facilitating vs Teaching

Lately, I’ve been struggling with the feeling that I’m either over-teaching, or over-facilitating. Balance is tough.

A bit of background: I teach a full-time (M-F all day) ESL course to adult learners.

Some days, I get the perfect balance. I give a great lesson (teacher-centered) which is peppered with facilitated activities (student-centered). However, this is not usually the case. Some days, I have days where I feel like I’m droning on and I forget that my students can even speak (over-teaching). And other days, I feel like I haven’t taught them a damn thing and just sat by while they researched, discussed, wrote, etc (over-facilitating). I know for a fact that my students much prefer the teacher-centered lessons, since that is what most of them are used to when it comes to school. So I feel bad when I have a primarily student-centered lesson. I can see their dread and fatigue at having to acquire the information themselves. But, I know it results in deeper learning. I also know that it’s not possible for me to make every lesson 100% exciting every single day.

However, summer is right around the corner! I’m hoping to do more research and try to learn more methods that will help me with my teaching/facilitating balance.

Does anyone have any tips to help create balanced lessons? I’m always in the market for more ideas!

 

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