It was such a wonderful school year!
I worked really hard with a bunch of amazing students! Among many other wonderful things we did , we took part in four European projects!
The British Council ” Life Skills” project, the “Teachers4Europe – Our European House” project and two awesome etwinning projects : ” PupPETs- Pen Pals ETwinned” and “Our European school newspaper” , together with more that 10 schools in Europe , as well as Surinam, USA and Taiwan!
I am really proud of both myself and my students! It has been a demanding school year! There was no financial support from school, therefore, I had to use money from our Christmas Bazaar to run our projects!
Greece has been in a terrible debt crisis and everybody around me seemed to be pessimistic about everything… Almost, depressed!
I also had to fight the negativity among my colleagues and received little support from most of the parents ,who seemed to wonder ” when I actually teach” and whether my teaching methods have anything to do with the way THEY had learned english at school!! I made it my personal mission to fight off that negativity and go to work every day with nothing but positive thoughts.
I also had to work long hours every day, both at school and at home! I had to work on my laptop very late at night, when my kids were in bed! I sometimes went to sleep later than 1 am ! It was exchausting!!
I am used to hard work since I was 20 when I got my first part time job as a “Frodisterio” teacher! But, I have to admit that, the last school year was one of the most productive years in my career ,so far!
It’s almost mid-July, and I am still at home trying to get tasks done , such as work on my blog posts ( too busy to find the time to write on my blog during the last few months), put my notes together and create a Prezi presentation for next year’s Tesol conventions and local professional development seminars, in which I am willing to take part as a speaker, find some time for my three children and my family in general ,now that I am supposed to be more relaxed and “carefree”, and finally, find some free (?) time for me to do…nothing else but read my favourite detective stories,by the sea!! Truth is, it’s rather impossible to do this last thing in my summer-to-do list, mainly because I can’t afford to go on holidays , due to the terrible Greek debt crisis which has affected us all! But, I still believe that I might finally make it to have some well deserved rest , in order to recharge my batteries and go back to class, with renewed enthusiasm, in September!…
My advice to younger colleagues is this:
Have fun but have fun with purpose. Be intentional about everything. Make memories. These are hard times but they are sweet times.
Live it. Be it. Be noble. We’re in an important profession. Teach on till the last day. Let’s rock!
Here’s the link to this school year’s photo review! Enjoy!