This summer I was fortunate enough to go to San Diego and attend the International Forum on Language Teaching. It was a successful conference. Teachers from all over the world and country come to this conference along with NTPRS. It is a great opportunity for passionate teachers to share their craft.
Last year, at the national conference I loved being apart of the Mandarin course with Linda Li. I think it is the most valuable thing a teacher can do… become a student. With Chinese it is so easy to feel inadequate, slow, even stupid, as a teacher we should never forget what it is to sit in a seat for 6 hours a day and sometimes be lost.
My take away from the first time I learned Mandarin was how repetition was so important to the point I couldn’t get enough. My take away from round 2 is how important brain breaks are. After paying attention for a over an hour we just need to stop and relax. I forgot about that type of mental exhaustion. I guess this explains teenagers when they look at their teachers with the lights are on and but nobody is home glare.