So. After class is over, I go over to the students that I saw talking and tell them that they need to be quiet while the professor is speaking. They protested their innocence. I was probably a bit forceful, but I don't think I was particularly nasty. I made it clear that they were disrupting the class, and this was unacceptable.
I know this seems minor, but it was a pretty big thing for me. I really don't like doing that sort of thing, especially with a big audience (all of their classmates were around).
Maybe I'm just too paranoid, but I'm wondering:
- Did I see it wrong? Were they the ones that were talking? (I'm 99% sure they were, but the 1% is killing me)
- Am I placing my frustrations with the way the class is being taught on the students? (The professor doesn't have the most powerful stage presence, and many students were rumbling and chatting. Both of these things frustrate me.)
- Do I need to make an announcement in my sections (Yes, I do. But what exactly will I say?)