Mid-semester break

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!


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