I think I’m addicted to good class sessions.
When I have a bad class, I go into withdrawal and feel terrible. (The first two days back from spring break were horrible. Every lecture fell flat, either because of my lack of energy or the students’.)
When I have a good class, I ride high like I’m queen of the world. (By the third day back from break we recovered.)
My self-esteem is primarily determined by the looks on my students faces: do they look entertained, excited, interested? or barely awake, bored, annoyed?
Do any of you get equally wrapped up in your students’ reactions to your teaching?