Friday, January 11, 2013

Year Interrupted

It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.
Publilius Syrus

I carefully plan out my entire year of ESL lessons - vocabulary, grammar lessons, quiz questions, activities - everything builds on what has gone before.  Once I introduce something, I try to keep re-using it, weaving it into each new topic and new activity.  

Of course, this works best if students start with me in September and stay with me through the whole year...  ;)

Well, we had our first class of the new semester earlier this week.  Six of my regulars from last semester were there...  as were EIGHT new students!  

I usually get 2 or 3 new students in January, but we're talking about more than half of my class being new!  Yikes!  

I think this is going to be quite a learning experience - for me.  Learning how to relax my tight grip on my plans and just go with the jet streams of the universe...  ;)

Wish me luck!   :)


  1. I will gladly wish you luck, as it seems that you will need it!

    1. Thanks, Mary! I'll take all the good luck I can get! :)

  2. Yes, much luck to you. This is a labor of love for you, so you will be at your best to your students.

    1. Thanks, Gwen! It is both a labor of love AND a blessing in my life - funny how often those 2 things go together, isn't it? :)