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A Time To Breathe

It’s break time.

This year, I moved from elementary ESL to high school ESL. Again.

It’s been years since I taught at the high school level. And I remember how I loved talking to almost-adults and how they challenged me.

And I remember how I hated talking to almost-adults.

And how they challenged me.

And yet, I have to admit that I am having fun learning this job again. I always said that I would make a much better high school teacher after having more elementary experience. And I am better at it. I just wish I had a curriculum all set out. And I don’t. I feel very reactive.

And now we’re at semester break and I can breathe and reflect. I need to come up with a plan over break, and my mind is working overtime, as based on my lack of sleep at 5 this morning… So many ideas to try!

My biggest accomplishment this year, though, has been starting Guerilla Professional Development through the use of 3-minute videos. You can see what I have done here.

I got the idea by watching a video from someone on YouTube identifying herself as TheWellmanj. I loved what she had done. You can see her videos here. I asked if I could collaborate. I got no answer. So now, two years later, I’ve started my own subversive PD.

So I head into the new year, hoping that the next half will be just as productive as the first one.

And that I’ll find a better, faster, more productive way to get my students to write well.



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