New Year’s resolutions

It’s that time of year again, and the advantage of having a blog is that I can look back and realise how badly I failed keeping last year’s.

The thing is by now I know exactly what I should be doing in my personal life: more running, less cheese, no drinks on school nights, taking make up off every evening, that kind of thing.

The same is probably true for my professional life, but like the list above, it’s easier to say than do, regularly.

So, how badly did I fail last year’s list?

1. More work on M.A. – well I passed the first year with merit, but it was a bit tight time wise, and I found an hour a day very hard to manage.

2. PLN – Easy as pie, twitter and reading blogs was a pleasure (although my novel reading plummeted last year.

3. Use the interactive whiteboard more – not a hope, the fact that it was always out of synch once my class of baby elephants teens had walked through the room didn’t help much.

4. More pronunciation activities- yes, but… not as much as I could, must try harder.

5. Music in one class a day – no way, no time, same goes for 6. a new app a week.

2015 is more a year of exciting challenges than resolutions; I’ve recently become Geneva regional coordinator for ETAS, and will shortly become the Teens SIG coordinator too. I am co-editing the summer edition of their journal with a special supplement on Teaching Teens, with the wonderful Urs Kalberer.

I’m looking forward to giving workshops at the ETAS AGM at the end of January and am proud to have been accepted to give a talk at IATEFL Manchester.

So my resolutions are few and hopefully S.M.A.R.T.E.R. this year (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound, Enjoyable & Reflected © Fiona Dunlop’s CPD webinar for IATEFL):

1. Keep a regular reflective journal – three times a week.

2. Blog once a week.

3. Work for my Masters more regularly – hopefully an hour a day, although I found this hard to do last year.

4. Read a novel every month – my reading for pleasure dropped off the radar last year with everything else I was up to, and I miss it.

So, that’s it for this year, watch this space to see how I get on!

Please leave a comment and let me know yours, if they are similar we can join forces, or maybe you’ve got some good ideas for me. In any case, I’d rather a dialogue than a monologue!

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About fabenglishteacher

I've been teaching English for a few years now and this blog is part of my never-ending quest to make learning English more fun, and easier for my students.
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