I have neglected this blog and this post is by way of apologising to my readers but here was my day – the list below repeats itself day in day out with some changes, but that’s a standard day…Here is the story today:
- Ran input sessions in the morning from 9-1
- Observed teaching practices after lunch
- Discussed lessons and gave feedback
That, in fact, was the very best part of my day as I was focussed on one thing at a time.
Then the multi-tasking began involving 3-4 of the items on my list at any given moment:
- Writing Teaching Practice reports for my CELTA trainees
- Marking assignments for same
- Organising tomorrow’s visit by the DELTA external assessor
- Making last minute flight changes for the CELTA assessor who is coming next week – who also wants a vegetarian meal…
- Organising two alternative online class spaces for a group of online trainees tomorrow
- Answering trainee email about references, assignments, lesson plans
- Giving information about courses over the phone – making arrangements for tests, interviews, payments
- Chatting to tutors who pop into my office – how can I say ‘go away’….
- Writing (or trying to) finish an article which somehow does not seem to be able to get past the first few paragraphs…
- Trying to track down than certificate which I paid registered post rates to send and which my student has not received yet; calling the post office; getting some nothing information; being told I have to appear personally and fill in an application by hand; can’t do that via email, no, they have to see my face…
- Sneaking guilty looks on twitter; opening 25 windows to look at all the links and not having time to really check even half of them properly
- Finding a most excellent link or resource; rushing to de.licious it or quick to rush to our wiki to share with trainees; occasional quick shares on facebook…
- Reading a most excellent blog post and not having time to respond properly….OK, I’ll stay up late and do it
Then a dear friend calls and says, shall we have lunch together sometime, meet for a drink, or have you disappeared inside that screen. I say, I can’t possibly, can’t you hear the background noise, it’s the pixels….
Multitasking or “making a hole in the water” (Greek saying)?
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