Happy Friday everyone!
This week I was determined to encourage my Upper-Intermediate class to read more and guys, guess what? I DID IT. I FREAKING DID IT. On Wednesday I brought a box of books into the class and asked each student to pick a book, then told them we would read quietly for 15 minutes. It was deadly silent. The only noise was the turning of pages. I’m not even kidding. I nearly cried (see my blog post on things that made me cry this week…) After 15 minutes, “No, 5 more minutes, please?”
We had 5 minutes of ‘reflective writing’ – What have you just read? How do you feel about it? Share your thoughts with the person next to you…
At the end of the lesson they asked if we could do the same thing tomorrow. I could not believe it. So on Thursday, we had 20 minutes of silent reading. 3 students brought their own (English) books and 2 students checked out books from the library. I’m proud of myself for achieving that alone this week.
Even today two asked me why we weren’t reading today… #proud
I have also taken on a social media role at the school because I wanted to keep busy and focused. I get to interact more with the students, ask them to share their photos and talk more about their experiences here in the UK and at the school. Finding decent photos to take and uploading them to Instagram and Facebook… it’s all making my brain tick a little faster but I do love a project.
Thankfully, I think it’s paying off. We’re already getting more followers, hitting a pretty big audience and the main thing is that it’s fun. Everyone likes a good Instagram and I can only hope I achieve that.
Finally, we say goodbye to a group of 40 Argentinian students who have been an absolute wonder to teach. I’ve never met such dedicated, hard-working, lovely people in my life. For 16, 17 and 18 year olds, they are amazing. I have no doubt that their parents must be so proud of them. They are full of life and have great senses of humour, they’re kind and thoughtful and considering they didn’t know each other 4 weeks ago, you’d have thought they’d been friends since birth!
Next week brings even bigger challenges, but I’m ready for them.
- To complete the newsletter
- To improve the social media accounts and increase engagement
- To plan more appealing lessons
- To help my students speak and write more fluently (possibly starting with speaking)
Oh, one more thing, I’m off on a tour of Stonehenge and Salisbury tomorrow… but I am one of the group leaders!! Eeek… I’m super nervous. Stay tuned, because I’ll be taking my camera and definitely be blogging about that tomorrow or Sunday.
Lots of love xo