Hey!!! As it's been awhile since I've updated the site, I thought I'd shoot a message to you all. A lot of you educators are getting ready or have already had a Fall Break. Maybe you're heading out to a fantastic destination? Spending some time with the fam? Well, I hope the school year is running smoothly for you so far.
I feel that all my lessons and units I've posted on here would cover a teacher through October so I haven't put up any new stuff. However, it's been a flurry of activity here in Cambodia. Teacher training is a tough, but rewarding endeavor. My TESOL program is seeing some quality trainees taking risks and putting together some really cool lessons for their students. I love seeing a trainee in action. It's usually an overwhelming experience from the beginning, but a lot of them come into their own and make huge strides in the classroom.
The biggest development on my end is that I'll be heading to Eastern Europe in December! I'll be swinging by Prague, Budapest, Krakow, and Warsaw. I'll be my first experience in Eastern Europe so I imagine a lot of history...and Christmas markets! Next month, I plan on reading up on each of these fascinating cities, prepping for an incredible trip.
As fall sets in, I've always found classes to have lost some of their excitement. It's like you reach a plateau in the school year. First quarter grades have probably been given out. Things aren't new anymore for you or your students. I say to keep it fresh for them (and you). Switch it up! Try something new. Get a guest speaker, go on a field trip, put together a project for your students to work on. As I always tell my trainees, even when you try to do something neat for your students and it doesn't really work, students will respect the fact that you at least tried. So go for it!