Are you even a blogger if you don’t publish some sort of year-in-review post? In any case, the holidays are a time for following traditions, not rocking the boat, so here’s the closest thing to a listicle I hope I’ll ever write:
A few things that I’ve learned this year at work …
- A school is only as happy as its staff room.
- I work in one of the precious few industries where strong female role models abound.
- One of the most effective ways of empathising with my students is to keep putting myself in that uncomfortable position of being a language learner myself.
- ELT is mostly about who you know, and not necessarily what you know.
- Outstanding schools are the ones where teachers go above and beyond for their students, and are recognised and rewarded for it.
- It’s better to be well-rested, healthy and a little under-prepared for class than sleep-deprived, ill and over-prepared.
- One of the best things a teacher can do for their students is to keep a low profile in the classroom.
- Every single piece of new language must go on the whiteboard, however unimportant it may seem to you at the time.
- I am much more resilient than I think.
- There is no amount of money I can earn that is worth more than my free time in my twenties.
… and a few things that I have yet to learn.
- It’s really hard to be what you can’t see.
- Spending 50 hours a week at school and only getting paid for 35 of those does not constitute a healthy work-life balance.
- People will rarely think you’re worth more than you think you are.
- Sometimes it’s OK to say no.
- Professional things should not be taken personally.
I hope 2017 has been similarly enlightening for you too, wherever in the world you are. I’ll see you all in 2018!