“I’m so glad I’ve got this diary to confide in… It’s like a friend I can carry around in my pocket…”
The Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
In J.K. Rowling’s ‘Chamber of Secrets’ Harry Potter and, later, Ginny Weasley are both mesmerised by a diary that they happen to find in Hogwarts. What is so attractive about that diary? Well, it writes back, prompts, suggests, gives advice… In other words it gives the writer an audience, and, consequently, a reson to write.
Dear Diary is an attempt to revive and increase the effects of an incredibly useful CPD tool for teachers. Here is what it’s all about:
Writing a journal where you describe and analyse the lessons that you teach, reflect on things that work and things that do not and try to find better solutions for your classroom is a great way of becoming a more thoughtful, observant, flexible, and, as a result, a much more effective teacher. Alas, a lot of us find the process to be tedious, lonely, and, thus, demotivating: ‘I write and write and write and nobody ever reads what I put so much effort into – I don’t get any feedback or suggestions for improving my teaching – what a waste of time!‘
Dear Diary is an intensive 6-week writing challenge which allows you to work on your teaching journal also benefitting from weekly input on reflective pratices for language teachers and receiving regular individual feedback on the content of your writing from an experienced teacher trainer.
The course consists of the following six modules:
- Module 1: It’s not about you, it’s about…
- Module 2: Needs’ analysis, feedback, and…
- Module 3: Oh, those aims: setting, meeting…
- Module 4: What about my teaching materials?
- Module 5: Be(a)ware of language!
- Module 6: What now? A special tool for the bravest.
There are two types of course feedback that you can choose between:
- GRP (Guided Reflective Practice) – 60 EUR
- GRP + Focus on Writing – 80 EUR
How does it work?
- Before you join the course think about the 6 weeks ahead of you: will you have an opportunity to commit to 2-3 hours of work per week?
- The course has 6 modules (one module per week). Each module consists of a short video with some input on reflective practices for language teachers and a form which you can use to upload your diary entry. Feedback to your entry will be uploaded as a Google document and a link to it sent to your email address, so you will have to make sure that you indicate a valid one when you submit your entry.
NB! For your own safety, and mine too, I will neither be sending nor opening any attachments to emails that I receive from/send to you. All document exchange will be taking place through Google Forms/Docs.
- The length of each module is one week (e.g. Monday to Monday). Once you have joined the course, you will be asked to fill out a form to get in touch with the tutor (me). I will write back to you shortly, explaining your personal schedule.
- Written work (journal entries) will be checked within 2-3 working days from the time it is submitted. On the rare occasion when I, for some reason, cannot provide feedback within this time framework, I will contact you to re-negotiate the schedule.
- As a rule, I am not going to extend your course. However, if, for whatever reason, you need to take a break during the course, please email me as early as possible to re-negotiate your personal schedule.
NB! If you disappear from the course without any notice and then re-appear a month later asking to continue the course, the course will not be extended, so please keep me in the loop!
- One of my aims is to build a thoughtful, passionate, international teaching community. That is why in the case if I findd that a question that you raise is relevant to a broader teaching context, I reserve the right to bring it to a discussion or comment on it publicly on my website or Facebook page (without disclosing your name or identity, of course). In this case you will be informed about this through email and invited to join the discussion / check out the blog post and benefit from the input.
A couple of words about the tutor:
Can you feel the tingling in your fingertips?
Then what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
You can access the course and apply to do it directly on the course platform here.
To book a group course if you are a school or a training centre, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to meeting you online very soon!