I didn’t think I’d end up doing a “DELTA diary” this week, but I got a little push from a colleague who noticed that I had started blogging the DELTA, and that made me decided to continue. So this week I’m posting a little update on my progress, my lack of progress and what my plans are for this week.
The main theme of my week is the continuation of flipping between feeling complete out of control and then completely in control in the space of an hour or so (Pro tip, doing some “work” really helps to develop the second point. As does talking through things with your RDT.)
Collecting Needs Analysis
One of the best things I realised early on, was that I should do some needs analysis and lesson feedback from my students. By collecting their views on lessons, their perceived strengths, weaknesses and needs, it will really help with some of my justifications for the lesson.
I adapted a couple of needs analysis resources that I’ve found in the past including one from Knowing me, knowing you (a ha) by Jim Wingate and from Reward Business Upper intermediate. I found them useful for getting me thinking but I had to rephrase a few things for my Pre-Intermediate students.
Also I sent out my first needs analysis without some details like age, which apparently need to be included. So I made a second follow up that I’m handing out this week.
[I might share this needs analysis if there is enough interest/you ask me nicely]
PDA Stage 2
After finding a sample PDA I quickly polished up my PDA, cut down the words and got a first draft out the door.
There’s more to work on with it (references for example) and I need some more feedback on my action points but I’m pretty happy with it.
This has caused me a bit of trouble this week as I haven’t been able to find too many resources based on my chosen topic. Some of my schools book library is hidden away (behind a IWB in a classroom) so I’m planning on sneaking in during a lesson and grabbing it.
One of the tricks I’ve been using on myself is the Pomodoro technique (work for 25 mins, take a 5 min break, repeat). I use this as I find it a great way to get me to start (I’ll just do one Pomodoro) and from there I can keep going. It also builds up little tomatoes in my app which are pretty motivating.
I’m wondering about touching on translation for my experimental practice class. It’s something I don’t really do a lot but seeing as I’m a fan of the lexical approach, it seems to be something which can fit in and provide useful benefits for students. Overall, that seems like the type of thing that ticks the boxes of what should be chosen for Experimental practice, but I’m not sure my Polish is really up to scratch.
As an alternative, I’m wondering about a process writing. I’ve tried a process writing perhaps once in the past and it wasn’t the most successful ever to put it mildly. So learning a bit more about the theory and then planning a well planned lesson would be a nice alternative.
This week I really need/want to shake a leg. I’ve been writing down the stages in my notebook and drafted some next steps for my other observed lessons. My main goal is to get this lesson plan draft and background essay ready for Friday. Unfortunately there are some steps I need to do before I can really do that (like finding some books). Regardless, I’m going to keep working, even if it’s not on the ideal things.
Apart from that, I need to get some special activities ready for our schools first board games club, signing papers for a mortgage and heading to my in-laws for a visit and more. So another quiet week.