Planning

For all of those people who don’t know how teachers roll, let me give you a bit of insight.  After the initial rejoicing at the end of the school year, many of us use our vacation time to attend workshops or take classes to improve our practice.  Those workshops may last one or two days, depending on the topic, but the thinking process lasts a lot longer.  Putting all of the learning and thinking together to create classroom activities takes even more of our vacation time.

That’s been my experience, especially after the Martina Bex Comprehensible Input workshop last week in Lincoln.  I’m sure I’m not alone.  I spent this week rehashing and rereading the handouts she provided for us.  Now I’m almost ready to start choosing vocabulary to use in my own stories.  Then comes the actual writing process.  I’m sure I’ll have a few false starts, but the results will be worth the time.

For more information about Martina Bex, visit her at https://martinabex.com/.

 

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Long Days

I taught Spanish all day yesterday, then left in a hurry to feed and water horses and make my way (slowly and painfully) to Lincoln.  It’s a drive of about five hours, but trips take me longer because I don’t “drive like an idiot.”  I generally obey the speed limit and try to go easy on my poor car.

A drive like that gave me plenty of time to think.  Not always a good thing.  My main fuel on the drive was coffee, so you can imagine I was in need of a rest stop or two along the way.  I (briefly) considered stopping at a rest area, but I’ve seen too many episodes of Criminal Minds for that!

I made the necessary stops for fuel (for me and my car) and arrived (later than I had hoped) at the hotel.  All this in the name of continuing education.  The whole trip was for a final face-to-face meeting for the UNL Foreign Language Assessment class I have been taking this semester.

The class was full of great information, and I can use the units I created to improve instruction, so it was well worth the work.  It was also an awesome experience to collaborate with like-minded professionals.  Making contacts is the key to exchanging information and improving instruction.  We all spent a long day collaborating and sharing.  The meeting was over by 2:15, and I was fortunate enough to have been able to follow Brenda to get back on the interstate.  (I say “fortunate” because I can get misplaced in a paper bag.  Brenda was staying at the hotel as well, so I made it to the meeting because of her.)

For some reason, I didn’t sleep very well last night, but I was glad I was mentally alert enough to make it home at a reasonable hour.  It sure feels good to be home again.