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Weekly update 9th February, 2015

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

   Welcome to what will be for most of you week 2. We had a quiet week on the Secondary ESOL Online mailing list but I know that most of you are awash with new students and lots of work.
 
Knowing how hard you are working has encouraged me to share how I have begun to control my own workload. Last year I was privileged to attend Petronella Townsend and Simon Crosby's presentation at CLESOL in which they shared their suggestions for dealing with workload issues. This talk made a significant difference to my own work. It made me realise that my expectations of myself were often unrealistic and impacted negatively on both my effectiveness at work and my personal time. 
 
More recently I've been reading about 'manageable change'. This is a far reaching concept that will be much written about this year but I have used to to frame my priorities for change in my own practice. I have used it to ensure that I determine what is key and to focus on that and the resolve not to descend into 'headless chicken' mode! Making a positive decision about how much change I can effectively implement has empowered me to feel less stress about those issues I have decided are important but not my priority this term.
 
So what are the changes that you are going to prioritise this term or year?
 
Other news
 
If you are assessing students you may want to review my blog on the VLN ESOL Online group. If you are not a member of the group do consider joining but, if you decide not to, you can read my blogs at http://bredamatthews.blogspot.co.nz
 
On other communities 
NB is you want to access the archive you need to username eesollonline password mailinglist
 
On Primary ESOL Online Janet's weekly update looked at assisting students to build personal libraries.
 
English Online are discussing the EAP standards and the use of electronic devices. I'm sure they will value any input you can give.
 
Have a great week everyone.
Breda

 

Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 

 

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