UCI recommends that one or twice a year every instructor should record him- or herself teaching and sit down with a pedagogical counselor and go over the results. It’s a harrowing experience, but useful in the extreme because it helps temper some habits that’ve become so fixed they don’t register as extreme anymore. It’s an exercise in becoming painfully self-aware of how one behaves in a classroom, and I’d recommend it to anyone who teaches … and Rick Perry. Because there was this one time I was all hopped up on the caffeine before my session and I came into class and it went something like this:
You start with a bang, hitting your buzz words, but you slowly peter out, start checking your notes, and begin rambling before rousing yourself momentarily as you prepare to crash again. It’s a poor performance, hilariously so, but I can sympathize. It must be tiring trying to remember all that tripe.