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A New Academic Year!

Hello!

I’m sorry for the lack of blog posts during August and the beginning of September. ‘What have you been doing?’, you may cry. Well…

  • I was writing a blog post about a Teaching and Learning conference I attended in July, but I wasn’t sure how much to put into it. It started becoming essay-length, and I thought ‘Is that really effective for a blog post? Should I break it up into two parts, or is that redundant giving you would be posting them consecutively? People don’t want to get bored reading, and you don’t want them to miss the detail of this inspiring event.’ So I mused, and I meant to take my notes for it on holiday to finish it off. Once I was on holiday, I thought, ‘I’ll finish my blog post’, and then I realised I had forgotten my notes – bad blogger! I did have advanced reading for University though (yes, I took books to read for class on holiday with me)…
  • In early August, I spent a good deal of time promoting my blog posts about A-Level Results Day on Facebook and Twitter. I was determined to help as many students as I could, and some lovely people helped me spread the word – a massive thank you to them!
  • I went on holiday to Turkey. This was my first time visiting Turkey, and I was truly amazed by it: the people were friendly, and the culture was fascinating (at different points of the day, I could hear the call to prayers, which was wonderful to hear). I also started learning Turkish for fun, because I found the language so intriguing. I’m determined to become fluent, and I can’t express the excitement I felt when my language book arrived through the post!
  • I’ve been getting ahead on reading for University. I didn’t have to, but now I feel so prepared, which hopefully makes for some less stressful weeks in the first semester.
  • I’m a Student Representative for my course, and in July I asked my fellow students what I was doing well, and what I could do better for them. The people who replied left me some really lovely comments, and as a result of that conversation I’m organising at least a couple of things, including a fundraising event next week!
  • Generally supporting people, including my friends and new students to the University.
  • Joining in education chats on Twitter, which is rather fun and inspiring!
  • Planning blog posts
  • I did a four-day leadership course through my University from the 7th-10th of September. This was truly inspiring as well (it even involved a visit to a primary school), and it made me realise something: I don’t want to be a teacher anymore, I need to be, in order to help future students. In combination with my holiday in Turkey, my teaching aspirations also expanded, and I want to undertake a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course. I’m not sure which course to do, though two lovely people gave me advice, and when to do it, but the goal is there!

So that’s what I’ve been doing. I start the second year of my undergraduate English course tomorrow, which makes me so excited! I will finish the Teaching and Learning conference blog post and publish it by the end of next week – hopefully, I will do the conference justice!

What have you been up to this Summer? Are you starting a new academic year, or have you already started? Leave a comment below, and I will reply as soon as I can.

I hope you all have an amazing week!

Jessica

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I’ve just realised I’ve had this blog for 6 months now. Here is to many more months (and years) of blogging on ‘Teaching Aspirations’!

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