I'm so glad that my first class on "Taking Control Over Gossip and Criticism" is over. The first class was always the hardest when I was a high school or college instructor; the first class is still the hardest now that I'm teaching adults. Complicating the opening night jitters was the fact that my co-teacher Bruce was absent due to a pre-existing commitment. I'm thankful that my friend Jeff stepped in to help! He provided some good discussion points, and, most importantly, was there to back me up in case I ran out of material.
Running out of material is always a teacher's greatest dread. When teaching children or high school students, you can come up with something off the top of your head. That's harder when you're teaching a touchy subject to adults!
On second thought, maybe running out of material is just my greatest dread. How about it, teachers? (And I mean in any capacity, whether at work, school, or church--whether your students are children or adults.)
Is your great fear running out of material, or is there something else that pumps your adrenaline before that first class?