Teaching, books and collaboration
I love teaching. I also love not teaching. It’s my cycle.
After more than 10 years as an ESL/EFL teacher–a role I love, I gradually transitioned into world of private language school management. In this DoS role, I decreased my time in the classroom itself and devoted more time to program development, teacher training workshops and administrative duties over the next year. Finally, after 6 months of complete absence from the classroom, I decided to leave this position.
For the next 10 months, I lived in a dream. I was surrounded by the most amazing books–ELT books, of course–and a greatly inspiring environment, English Central. I’d never realised the volume of resources available, nor paid much attention to the differences between various publishers. I hadn’t been familiar with authors’ names, let alone worked together with them on conferences and webinars. My deepest gratitude goes to English Central for these opportunities. The irony though was that despite all this new familiarity with ELT resources and their creators, I didn’t have a teaching context in which to use them.
This time last year, I started my professional development project, Coursetree. I also returned to teaching non-native speakers in the higher ed sector, both areas I love devoting my time to. Now, I spend my weekdays teaching and my Saturdays the heaven at English Central.
So I’ve come full-circle. Exploring different aspects of our industry has affirmed my love of being inside as well as outside the classroom. It’s demonstrated to me with a crisp clarity that I love working with students, but I also love collaborating with other teachers. It all looks like a great balance, but is it? This leads me to my next post about Shelly Terrell’s Goal 19: Avoid Burn-Out. Stay tuned.