A Blogging Hiatus in Exchange for a Class

View From My Bedroom / Workstation at the Crack of DawnIt’s dawned on me that this blog has gone through a three-month hiatus.

This is by far the longest lapse this micro, e-publication has endured in its three-year span.

 

After my last post from a museum in Córdoba, I started investigating the intensive CELTA, Certified English Language Teacher course.  After a time consuming application, a SKYPE interview, and a 50-question pre-task, I started the four-week intensive course.  It threw a heavy-duty amount of English and Pedagogy: the study of teaching, at me. Perhaps this workload would have taken a semester under more traditional circumstances.

I rented a place in walking distance of the school. It had a sauna and gym in the basement.  After the first week I realized that I needed to stop using these facilities.  It hit me that I wouldn’t have time for the therapeutic sauna, or anything else.  All I could focus on was processing what felt like copious amounts of information that dug deep into English and the field of teaching, simultaneously.

The above photo is taken at the crack of dawn from the workstation in my little bedroom.  There were mornings when I got up at this time to work on lesson plans.  I don’t miss that.

Teaching was in the morning while input sessions or classes were in the afternoon, after lunch.  Evenings and weekends were taken up working on lesson plans, researching and writing papers.  Free time became practically non existent.  For the fourth and final week I cut off all contacts.  I didn’t turn on SKYPE, check email, Facebook, or anything else.

Fatigued, I got through and finished the course, processing a ton of useful info that will almost definitely help any potential future teaching endeavors.

There’s no sense in blaming the class, myself or any entity for the lack of blogging swagger as of late.

The idea is that this short post has aided in keeping earthdrifter a fixture of reality.

Before a Dinner Celebration the Night After Finishing the CourseTaken as the seven of us who had just completed the class were about to have a dinner celebration at Las Cabras in Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires.

17 Responses to A Blogging Hiatus in Exchange for a Class

  1. Congrats on making it through, such an accomplishment! Must feel so good to be done and done! And love that you celebrated with a meal with friends!:-)

  2. Caroline says:

    The power of focus gets amazing things done … congrats on getting the CELTA, and welcome back to blogging!

  3. Shing says:

    Congratulations on completing your CELTA course Mike! Well done on all the work you had to put in, I can imagine the end of course celebrations with a group of new friends wrapped up your experience nicely too! So after this, what’s next?

    • Mike says:

      SHING: Thanks! Yeah it felt great to be done. Next I hope to teach somewhere interesting. Ideally I’ll start working on that very soon.

  4. Arianwen says:

    Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging. I certainly haven’t been posting as regularly as I usually do lately, and I haven’t had as much time as I’d have liked to read other people’s blogs either – so it looks like I timed this well!

  5. TheTuscan says:

    Welcome back. It has been said that updating frequently would help you with google rankings. I don’t if that’s true, as I have been out of the blog for long time and visits are still increasing.

    • Mike says:

      TUSCAN: Funny irony I s’pose. My goodness I haven’t even checked my google rankings. Blogging now is for fun. I like to think that anything’s possible though.

  6. Agness says:

    There is nothing better than a decent meal among friends, huh?

  7. Nick says:

    Wow, I had no idea these courses were so intense! Congratulations!

    • Mike says:

      NICK: Thanks! There’s also the TEFL which is a very similar qualification. From what I gather it’s pretty intense too but not as hard-core as the CELTA.

  8. Maria says:

    Mike, I’m glad to read you’ve been so productive and with such a wonderful goal. I read your response to Al’s comment and the 3 month may have offered more time for other things but it sounds like the intensive course was the challenge you needed. We all need those in life… not so much a test, but a nudge to keep us moving (if only mentally) forward. Kudos!
    -Come visit the Arctic.

    • Mike says:

      MARIA: Thanks for the positive vibes. In retrospect the course was a very good experience. I just wasn’t used to such a heavy workload.

      The Arctic: What a surprise! Sounds exotic and mysterious. :-)

  9. Al says:

    Wow, that was one intense experience; congratulations on the accomplishment and the improved carrer prospects!

    • Mike says:

      AL: Thanks a million! The material was great. I’m interested in the two subjects. But, in retrospect I may have chosen the three month less intensive version as it gives you more time to soak up the methods and material along with providing the opportunity for a more balanced lifestyle.

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