My debut as a moderator at the first OUTPUT Session ever to be held at an ETAI (English Teacher’s Association in Israel) Conference will be next Tuesday.
I’ve advertised the session (on our Israeli online list) as one where we will tap into the vast experience of our ETAI members and join forces to formulate an agreed list of ONLY seven “Dos” and “Dont’s” on the subject which is currently being chosen by poll.
I’ve also advertised the fact that I’m intending to have a “Critical Brainstorming” discussion rather than a regular “Brainstorming” one: Brainstorming means writing EVERY single idea / suggestion on the board. However here, we can only have a limited number of recommendations. Teachers should be prepared to defend or POLITELY disagree as we HASH OUT our final list. Since the goal is to produce a concise list that will be useful and can be widely posted, brevity and clarity are vital.
The topic leading the poll by far is “staying sane and motivated over the years”. Fifty four people have taken the poll but I have no idea (at all!) how many intend to attend the session.
I have a colleague who will come and help me with keeping written track of the suggestions.
I will bring in extra markers for the whiteboard.
I will bring a few suggestions of my own.
I will have the runner-up topic ready as well in case it goes really quickly (“dealing with technology”).
I will smile a lot.
What else? That’s as far as I’ve got.
Advice most welcome!