Something I thought about:

  • Working with pre-intermediate level language learners reminded me a bit of writing for children — you need the same kind of focused discipline in communicating one big idea per class (or book in the case of writing). I was remembering my own frustrations when I started working with a French tutor years ago — my ability to comprehend far surpassed what I could communicate, and I constantly felt the edges of my language. It takes time and practice to get to nuance, but you can take in one big concept at a time.

Something I did:

  • Busy week between teaching and courses!
  • Finished Stage 2 of CELTA.
  • Received an official acceptance for the American Literature Association conference. I'm presenting on Elizabeth Bishop alongside Thomas Travisano and Neil Besner in a panel chaired by Bethany Hicok.
  • Booked a bunch of travel.

Something I read:

1. Always take the initiative.
2. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.
3. Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey.