Here we are, halfway through the semester. I don’t remember any semester that has left me needing a break as much as this one has. For the first time, I am thinking of imposing an attendance policy similar to what the math department has – the equivalent of 2 weeks’ worth of absences means you fail the course. Attendance has never been a problem for me in university level ESL until now. On top of that, simplifying my expectations for the courses does not seem to have helped. Maybe I do need to go back and teach simple sentences.
Anyway… I am really trying to take a break from it here. But I can’t stop thinking and trying to come up with answers. I am hoping that I can gain a little perspective. I need it!