here again with a few more thoughts and ideas. But I need to start with an
a small embarrassment....You might have noticed last week that I pointed you in
the direction of a template for a weekly planner ...and then forgot to include
it. Sorry. My bad. I've put an idea for how this could
work at the end of this blog post, if you are still interested. Maybe it's
a good opportunity to have another go at using it!
Don't be afraid to start something new
This got me thinking
about the 'steam ahead, good enough is OK and pick up any pieces that you've
dropped afterwards' philosophy that I tend to live my life by. I make LOADS of
mistakes (trust me on this one!) but I try to learn from them and I do get quite
a bit done using this approach.... Does this resonate with you, or are you more
of a planner? Is there something that you've been thinking about doing in your
teaching but were worried that it might not work? My call to action for you
this week, is DO IT!John Faneslow advises
teachers to 'Try something new'. Even if it doesn't work out, you'll know what
not to do next time. And on that note, here's an idea for you that you may not
have tried yet....
We're all getting
much more used to an online environment (well, I guess that's true for a lot of
you, anyway) and whilst I'm missing my face to face classes and I'd be the
first to say that this is the ideal for most reasons, there ARE one or two
areas of classroom practice where it actually does work better online. For me,
writing is one of those. I've been doing some writing using Google docs with my ESOL class
and I love the ease of it and the way that I can see everyone's work at the
same time. I've
made a little video about it here, so check it out and if you've never done
this before- have a go!
Website(s) of the week
I definitely feel
that teaching is the kind of skill that's best learnt by doing it, but as you
probably know, I work in a university on MA and BA programmes, so I may be a
bit biased towards the academic and there is certainly a lot to be learnt from
research. Most journals are hidden behind high paywalls, but there are some
great things that you can access for free. One example is the ELT Journal. It's a paid-for publication but
every issue, there is a
free article and the archive is here. If you'd like a recommendation, this
one on Reflective Practice is great. They also have a free archive of what
they call Key
Concepts in ELT that has lots of bite-size articles on a range of things.
Want another recommendation? This
one on top down and bottom up approaches to listening from John Field is
old but still very relevant. Enjoy!
Right, that's it for
today- hope that you enjoy these murmurings and that you find the planner
useful if you have a go at it!