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‘You Begin’ by Margaret Atwood
You begin this way:
this is your hand,
this is your eye,
that is a fish,
blue and flat on the paper,
almost the shape of an eye.
This is your mouth, this is an O
or a moon,
whichever you like. This is yellow.
Outside the window is the rain,
green because it is summer,
and beyond that the trees
and then the world,
which is round and has only
the colors of these nine crayons.
This is the world, which is fuller
and more difficult to learn than I have said.
You are right to smudge it that way
with the red and then
the orange: the world burns.
Once you have learned these words
you will learn that there are more
words than you can ever learn.
The word hand floats above your hand
like a small cloud over a lake.
The word hand anchors
your hand to this table,
your hand is a warm stone
I hold between two words.
This is your hand, these are my hands, this is the world, which is round but not flat and has more colors
than we can see.
It begins, it has an end,
this is what you will
come back to, this is your hand.
Category Archives: Idea Bag Newbieness
What pre-ELT jobs and/or experiences most ‘primed’ you to not just dip into English language teaching for a year or two but stick it out actually become/think of yourself as an ELTer? What do you look back on – beyond … Continue reading
…Anthony Gaughan asked, in this fascinating post (back in January) on his blog, here: http://teachertrainingunplugged.com/where-are-all-the-unplugged-teacher-trainers It’s an excellent post and the comment thread it sparked off, too, is full of engaged and engaging discussion. Back in February (as I was just beginning … Continue reading
[I posted the below previously with the second segment containing his reply in a comment. I wanted to get both together in a post though. So here goes…] *Metacognition, before we start, is just a fancy word for ‘knowing that/what you’re … Continue reading
This is what I try do before I ever tell a trainee something is right or wrong… Because: They’ll report their reasoning, perhaps reflecting on it in the process, objectifying it, likely modifying it, maybe negotiating it as they reconstruct it … Continue reading
From itdi.pro…just starting up webinar #2 now on a glorious Sunday morning here in Arlington, Massachusetts.
The ‘Focus of the Feedback’ list (see pic post below) we give CELTA trainees helps them visualize ‘the build’ and frame the types of things we’re focusing on as we expect them to process and performative more and more as … Continue reading
Metacognition = just a fancy word for ‘knowing what you’re knowing’ / ‘learning what you’re learning’ I suppose. Jack C. Richards is this week’s Cambridge English Teacher consultant and he’s chatting about teaching grammar. Below is my post to the … Continue reading
For me “shoshin” is a the central concern. As an approach, as a perspective, as a strategy, as a tool. I don’t mean to get all mystical or be someone who just points towards nice sounding Buddhist stuff to seem clever. It’s … Continue reading
TASK INSTRUCTIONS (to self): Quickly (free-association stylee) make a minimum 10-item list of things that have impressed you on your trainer-in-training CELTA course so far… Effective language analysis is nigh impossible for most if not all of the trainees – scaffolded … Continue reading
#ELTontheMTA @MBTA Beantown … Seeing lang. learning 2 ways: as slow mechanical elevator or sky flying bird #both pic.twitter.com/KPBOWUbJP8 — Newbie CELTA Trainer (@NewbieCELTA) March 23, 2014