Monday, January 2, 2012

Professional Resolutions 2012

Happy New Year!

While I was working on my list of personal goals and aspirations for 2012, I came up with a few professional resolutions that I want to share.
  1. Read and review at least 2 language/education books. I have my eye on “Teaching Unplugged,” but I am open for suggestions on the other one. As a side note, if you have a book that you would like me to review, please let me know :)
  2. Write at least 50 blog entries. That's about 1 per week. I would like to do more, but I think that it is best to start small and work up to a higher goal. 12 of these blog entries (1 per month) will be critical reviews of recent literature.
  3. Develop an organized resource folder of activities, ideas, games, and lesson plans for my teaching. I would like to have a notes page on each of the English verb tenses, as well as a cheat sheet on the native language features of the students I work with (for contrastive analysis).
  4. Create a new course (syllabus, materials, etc.) and market it, either independently or through another language school. Currently, I'm looking into an applied/practical grammar course or an autonomous language learning course.
  5. Submit an article for publication in a well-known journal. I would really like to re-write a section (or two or three!) of my thesis and submit it.

Anyways, those are the goal. I'd love to hear your professional resolutions for 2012, as well!