It’s been a while. It’s been time to decompress, time to focus on the art of teaching, time away from the hustle and bustle of all this language teacher blogging stuff. The irony, of course, is that I took a bunch of time away from the blog and from #langchat right after writing a post about starting a blog.
I still think you should start a blog, btw.
Personally, I needed time away. I was feeling uninspired and burned out. It happens to everyone from time to time. I feel like maybe I have written that phrase too many times on this blog, but it happens a lot. Don’t let anyone tell you they don’t get burned out, because they do. Everyone deals with it differently and that’s ok. Some people jump deeper into what they’re doing. Some people change what they’re doing and start from scratch again. And apparently, when I get burned out, I turn it all off and walk away.
But now I’m back and ready to share. What’s bringing me back is my SCOLT 2017 presentation. I will be talking about what to do when you move away from the textbook. Think of it like the sequel to what I spoke about last year.
I’m back in the game and ready to get back into the swing of it all. Seeing old friends at the conference like Laura and Fran (and meeting some people I feel like I’ve known for years but have never actually met in person, like Megan and Keith), and meeting new people with different perspectives and ideas has reinvigorated and inspired me. Seeing presentations from people whose work I have followed and admired for years is so encouraging. Thank you to all who are presenting or who have presented and keep inspiring us!
January/February/March are a very real struggle! Thanks for being so vulnerable about your need to take a step back and readjust. Here is a blog post that I like to read on tough days: http://misterrad.tumblr.com/post/152214737082/it-wont-be-easy I hope it helps you, too!
This author has a book coming out on April 25 [It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching]. I read the advance copy and it is full of fabulous (real-world) advice on how to get through the most challenging days- Lord knows they are more common than not.
¡Buena suerte amigo!