February To-Do list

Less of a to-do list than a “food-for thought list” but last weekend was spent in the company of hundreds of motivated, enthusiastic tecahers – heaven! As always after a conference I come home with my head full of ideas, things to look up, and motivating memories.

While all this is still spinning through my brain, here are some thoughts:

From the delightful Jane Revell I learnt to call “tenses” “relaxes” and to avoid the word text, referring to story, article, letter instead. I loved her ideas on predicting the UNKEY words of a text, those that will NOT appear in a text, as well as the key words.

Jane mentioned Wendy Cope’s poem ‘the Orange’. I was given a book of her poetry many years ago and I love seeing echoes of my life in other people’s talks.

I also enjoyed hearing Nadine Stair’s poem ‘If I had my life to live over’. I don’t think I’d change much. On a similar theme the next day we were asked during Paul Dummet’s keynote speech “if you didn’t have to work again, what would you do?” and I truly believe my answer would be “go to work”, aren’t I lucky? (or sad?!)

Finally Jane reminded us of the 7 habits of highly effective people:

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin with the end
  3. Put first things first
  4. Think win/win
  5. Seek first to understand/listen, then to be understood/speak
  6. Synergize/Collaborate
  7. Sharpen your saw

Interestingly Paul Drummet’s address had the 8th habit as its title –Find(ing) your voice. Paul’s advice to producing a good TED speech sounds like good advice for life:

-be passionate

-be informed

-be yourself

Thanks to him I have a couple of TED talks to share:

Rita Pearson’s “Every Kid needs a champion” and Dan Barber’s “How I fell in love with a fish”.

His quote from James Comer, “ no significant learning takes place without a significant relationship” spokes volumes to me, and I’ve also been advised to watch the film “Precious”.

I particularly enjoyed Chrissi Florides’ workshops on the subject of creativity – this is my theme of the year, it’s following me (or am I following it?) and I was lucky enough to interview Chrissi for the upcoming ETAS journal special supplement –so watch this space.

I have finally decided I must learn German, all this gadding about Switzerland would be so much easier, although the magnificent views more than make up for the time it takes to get home.

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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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