Yes… it’s true. I’ve done quite a few over the last year and I’ll admit it… it’s because they’re just plain fun, and because I love the creative interactions that ensue within the ELT community.
A PLN member had said recently that things seemed a bit slow in the blogosphere… end-of-the-year doldrums maybe… or are you just pretty darn busy like me?
So in an effort to shake things up, here goes my challenge:
1) Challenge one: what is your “teaching is like____ ” metaphor?
2) Challenge two: what experience, activity, or lesson that is completely non-teaching related has brought more to your classroom than anything else?
Feel free to blog and link back here, or if you’d rather just toss in a comment below that’s fine too. My two cents:
1) Teaching is like surfing. It requires patience and often more observation than action. Knowing how to push up, stand and guide your board is useless if you’re not in tune with the ocean, its movement and timing. Each wave is unique and never again will you enjoy the one you’re on now, so carpe diem and enjoy class!
2) I think my experiences with yoga and being a massage therapist have brought more to the classroom than I can easily express in logical terms. They’ve brought me an awareness and sensitivity that would have otherwise been hard to learn through a training course, or “tough”to pick up while on-the-job.
Being able to observe reactions to our efforts and attuning oneself to learners is a balancing act, just as noticing how students’ energy is throughout the day, knowing when to wait, when to be firm, smile or just move on… these are things that I feel I cultivated in these more physical-mental-spirtual arts and they have served me well in the classroom.
Though, I’ll admit it’s been too long since I’ve done a sun salutation or sat in the splits as below (summer plans!)
Look forward to hearing your responses to the challenge(s)! -Brad