Sunday 16th September
|Gorey beach looking South|
Monday 17thToday was a chance for me to use my new gadget. I've been carrying it around in my bag and had forgotten it was there. It is a little curl of rubber to use as a door stop. My trainees were in and out today, and as we are upstairs and I didn't want to disturb the other classes, it was the perfect way to hold back the big fire door at the end of the corridor. Our room is the one at the back, as it's the biggest room in the building, and perfect for training purposes.
I was running late today and not very pleased when I got to work to find that the minibus was parked in my usual space. The driver normally takes the bus up into the corner and out of the way, leaving one small space which I have adopted :-)
The weather has been beautiful this week, although decidedly cooler in the evenings. I am enjoying the leaves on the tree outside the window slowly change colour. It will soon be glorious! Tonight the sky was spectacular, both from the front and the back of the house.
My husband knows me too well. Next week there are not enough hours in the day for everything I want to do. He informed me that he was going to go to the mainland to visit his family. He actually has more holiday time than I do, so it's a good idea for him to use some up. Mine will revolve around TESOL France, or some other conference :-)
Today one of my trainees decided to do a very suggestopedic lesson, which involved crossing a crocodile infested swamp. This was all in aid of practising the Prepositions of Direction the beginners class had been learning. They thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think that it helped them retain some of the info.
TGIF! today was pay day too! I had time for lunch, for a change, so I popped up to the local supermarket cafe. The Bulgarian waiter told me that he was coming to my classes in October and then proceeded to make me a free coffee :-) That was a nice touch. The trainees have now taught for 6 hours each, with more to go next week. It has been nice to see their development each lesson, and soon they will be out in the big wide world looking for work. Some of them already know where they are going and have jobs to go to. The picture that will remain in my head for this group is this teapot. They drink tea and coffee non-stop, especially fruity and green tea blends!
This is a catching up and finishing everything weekend. I marked all the Language Awareness tests, which everyone passed :-) and then had a look at their collaborative tasks on the wiki. I am now free to sort out this blog, do some cooking and cleaning and curl up by the fire. Yes- I've bitten the bullet and ordered in the coal for the winter. I already had a large basket of pinecones too, so this evening I am sitting by the first fire of the cooler days. I don't want to turn on the central heating yet- gas is so expensive and it is not really cold. The flickering flames of the fire are psychologically soothing. I also managed to catch up with a couple of interesting things online: The BESIG people did a webinar on copyright, and in the morning there were a couple of interesting sessions in Turkey for aPLaNet.