All of us find ourselves in classes whose energy is low, and I had the first meeting of such a class today. It was our first class together, and it went OK, but I felt like I was really having to pull things out of the students and that most students avoided making eye contact. I find that faced with a class like this, I tend to get frustrated and anxious and I pull away from them, which doesn’t help establish that connection. So, I have my work cut out for me in the next class, growing a really solid connection with these students and getting them to open up. I’ll be having them give me feedback in the next class (on Thursday), so that may help, but I think I may also simply want to address the class energy directly and talk to them about it. I wonder how much of the distance between us has to do with power dynamics and trust. Any suggestions anyone has would be much appreciated!