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Late Summer Update

I took the summer off teaching in order to accompany my husband on a seven-week business trip.  It’s good to be home again!

Today I officially went to graduate school orientation.  I’ve already taken one class as a non-degree student, and now I’m continuing part-time as a degree-seeking student.  Masters in TESOL, here I come!  Slowly but surely, of course.

I start teaching again September 12th.  I’ll be teaching Level 3 this time.  Can’t wait!

Journal: Campus Email

It was a good class.  There were 18 students, even though it was a freezing cold (for Maryland) Monday!  We did lots of varied practice around the same grammar point, including writing, talking, and filling in blanks.  I was pleased with my planning and execution, and I feel good about my direction for the rest of the week.

I’ve had some ongoing frustrations with my campus email, but today I had a real problem: I got a gmail note from one of my colleagues that her messages to my work email were bouncing back.  I cleared out the few offending medium-large (they were by no means huge) messages that I’d received late last week and into the weekend.  Since gmail doesn’t have that kind of a bounce-back problem, I decided I’d quick set up email forwarding to run my campus mail through gmail instead.  The system said to call tech support to do so.  When I called tech support, they said it was impossible.

I don’t believe that forwarding email is actually impossible, so I’m spending today’s post-class time working around the restrictive email system (I’ve got several ideas for at least partial solutions, and am testing one right now).  I normally use this time for my lesson reflection, planning, and prep.  I guess all of that will have to come later on in the evening sometime.

When I have prohibitively dull tools, I have to stop my real work to sharpen them.

Gearing up for Day 1!

I’m wrapping up my preparations for the first day of the semester, and I just have to say that reading my blog archives about other first days and my previous Level 2 class has been amazingly helpful.

I also realized that tags such as “ice breakers” would be very helpful to have, but I don’t have them yet.

Wish us all non-icy roads tomorrow morning!

Experimental Homework Blog

At the request of a couple of students, I started a homework blog:

http://esolhomework.wordpress.com/

The first week has posted and I’ve got the second week lined up.

Just so you know, I’m not planning to continue posting on that experimental blog through the vacation if I don’t really hear feedback or otherwise have any indication that it is or might be useful.

Still, it’s been a fun and extremely useful experiment just to think about how to structure it and and to find and gather resources for it.  There’s so much out there!

I’m Back, With a New Focus

"nikon em bokeh" by dsevilla on Flickr

"nikon em bokeh" by dsevilla on Flickr

I think I’m ready to pick up the blog again!

My focus has changed since I last posted.  I thought about starting a new blog, but I think that the underlying theme of what I’ve been thinking and doing has remained the same.

What Has Changed:

  • I moved across the country and am now a proud resident of Maryland.
  • I will be teaching ESL part-time through a community college at a nonprofit starting Monday, 7/12.

What I Plan to Write About:

  • My experiences teaching.
  • Whether or not to stay in nonprofits.
  • What professional development I should pursue.
  • What’s next?

Looking forward to blogging again!

Blog Hiatus

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I spend my time because there just never seems to be enough of it.  Although I enjoy writing on this little blog, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to put energy into other projects for a while.

Thank you so much for reading, and for your comments (especially MJ, my star commenter). There’s a good chance I’ll be back at some point.

Scheduling Failure

I was supposed to have a post up today but had a family emergency yesterday and the day before. Everything’s completely OK now except for my poor neglected blog. See you Monday!