I didn’t know Word 2013 had this handy tracking function: it recorded the amount of time users spend working on a particular file.
Remarkably, sixteen hours and fifty-two minutes on my paper, Demand High Learning, for the 4th TESOL Conference at Ho Chi Minh City Open University.
Worth the efforts, isn’t it?
It’s nearly been 14 months since I left the school that fed me well, physically and materialistically, to gain mental and academic freedom.
And I’ve undergone quite a few challenges: being a novice teacher trainer, a lecturer, and a researcher. I wouldn’t say I’m free, not yet. Time management (or maturity?) is still a serious puzzle. I tend to say YES to all requests at my new workplace. I tend to regret just 5 seconds after that. I tend to forget what really fulfills me.
When you’re overwhelmed. When everything you’re up to is only half-way. When you have like 10 ambitious plans, all of which are partly executed. And none shows tangible outcomes.
I’m aware of my lack of professional directions: I don’t know what I’m heading to or what I want to be. A drifting log might have my companion.
Last week my first official observation was terrible. I prepared lessons for 3 hours the night before, but I ended up with teaching the lesson which I didn’t think I would cover. Sometimes you should taste insanity?
Two basic questions I’m still figuring out at the moment:
- How can I help my learners succeed?
- How can I make a contribution to the academic community?
For sure, I’m temporarily lost.
But with all my intentions, I do hope that this will not last.
Blogging might help?