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      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT2 months ago
      A year ago, not too many of us had even heard about a programme called "Zoom" or had experienced the ups (and dare I say, it, downs!) of online learning!

      Now as a teacher 95% reliant on online classes, I have had to upgrade my broadband connection, relocate the antenna, move the position of my router, upgrade the wireless network "dongle" and carry out repeated checks on my "download" speed and (more critical to teaching) my "upload" speed ...

      You have no idea what half those terms refer to? I truly wish I didn't either!!!

      I love teaching - that's why I do it - so online teaching is what I have to do as a professional educator. And I think I do it pretty well. Certainly I would never meet the students I've been seeing from Turkey, Russia, Taiwan, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the multitude of other countries I am unlikely to ever get to visit!

      But ... apart from the odd local student happy enough to meet in a socially distanced way, wearing masks and lashings of hand disinfectant, I really, really miss teaching students physically present. I can help feel that there's a dimension of learning that's missing.

      Sadly until the vaccines are rolled out and the majority of the population has the protection they offer, in my opinion live in-person classes will probably be the exception rather than the rule. Certainly for me.

      https://www.wsj.com/articles/zoom-fatigue-the-differing-impact-on-introverts-and-extroverts-11615291202

      What's your perspective as a fellow teacher or prospective teacher?

      Keep safe :-)
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT2 months ago
      So how's your English vocabulary? Any of these you're not sure about?!!! Let me know if there are any definitions needed :-)
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT2 months ago
      Today, there is little point picking some goal far off in the distance and expecting to be able to follow a well-planned path to get there - things are moving too damn fast and life never turns out the way you expect it to anyway. Aside from that, each step you take positions you at a different place with a different view and different choices.

      There's no way to predict in advance what opportunities will present themselves and how you'll feel about them once you're there.

      Be willing to play it out, choose your next step because you really want to do it for its own merits - even if you can't see how it might fit with a conventional career path or other people's views of success.

      Learning a new language fits in with this step by step approach ... A good teacher will be sensitive to the journey - are you up to supporting students in that way?
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT3 months ago
      Have you ever heard of the 80 - 20 business principle? It's something I've become aware of very recently so wanted to share my thoughts.

      At it's core, the principle says that - in terms of cause and effect - 80% of effects (purchasing customers, for example) come from 20% of effort (the time I spend trying to get customers, for example).

      The remaining 20% of my customers come from a massive 80% of my time and effort! Is this something you've noticed in your life or business activity?

      On the plus side, the vast majority (80%) of clients are pretty low maintenance, but on the flip side, a smaller number of clients (20%) are very maintenance and in fact, might never be happy even though they're given 80% of the support time!

      Of course every client / customer is important so I for one always give 100% effort trying to keep all my students happy (enjoying my lessons and feel they are making progress).

      Best wishes and stay safe!
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT3 months ago
      Have you ever heard the saying "it's too good to be true!"?

      As an example, if a work colleague tells you that your manager has recommended you get a 500 euro pay increase, would you automatically assume that the information is 100% correct? I'm not sure I would!

      Why? Because it is "too good to be true" - life (and the manager) isn't always that generous!

      The reason I mention this particular saying is because recently I have paid for a new bicycle. Don't ask me anything about the bike because I've yet to receive it, having ordered it from an online shop.

      But why might it be "too good to be true"? Well, it was advertised as a adults 21-gear mountain bike with rear suspension - and the price? The princely sum of 30 euros! Yes, 30 euros including postage and delivery.

      I don't have any hopes that the bike will be as good as I hope - after all "if it's too good to be true, it probably is!" - but lets see what arrives, eh? Fingers crossed.

      Keep well and safe.
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT3 months ago
      Have you come across the saying "what gets measured gets done?"

      It's a very common saying - especially in teaching: a teacher really needs to know precisely what progress their students are making.

      A while ago, I mentioned that one of my personal targets this year is to try to lose some weight and in some ways, a weight management journey is a little like learning a new language. I make some progress, then something happens and I lose confidence for a while - I feel like I'm going backwards. I'm sure many of you have felt this at times with language learning and other personal projects.

      My early morning weigh-in is important. A change for the better gives me the motivation to continue doing the right thing for the day. When there is change in the wrong direction, I try to understand what happened and take remedial action. No-one ever said it would be easy!

      In summary, whatever your personal objective is, make sure you know the Reality of your progress, and reward yourself when appropriate!

      Best wishes and stat safe!!!

      #motivation #onlineenglishteacher