Mid-March 2020 was the last time I took a commercial flight (RBA-AUH). Abu Dhabi Airport would shut down some days later, and the Pandemic would officially kick-in. It’s been an interesting year, and I learned at least a few things:
1. Studying a new language is a wonderful experience. I decided to take Japanese seriously; and to witness the process by which a ‘difficult’ language unlocks, is simply amazing.
2. It’s OK if the world shuts down for a little while. It gave me time to reflect on what matters.
3. I discovered why I like face-to-face classrooms: I miss hearing the laughs, the wows and the yikes. I miss feeling their emotions.
4. Remote Education & Professional Development works. I’ve met so many wonderful people this year, and I learned tons.
5. I value my time extremely. I kind of knew it before; but Zoom has forced me to micro-plan my online classes so I can make good use of every minute (though I don’t always succeed).
6. Relationships are a two-way street. If we nurture them, something beautiful will grow. If not, they die.
7. I wear more sport clothes. Teaching from my desk has made me discover how elegant one can be with ‘chic sport’ clothes 🙂
8. I discovered how much I like giving workshops & webinars. Estoy en mi salsa!
9. I learned that 35 Celsius can feel like a refreshing autumn breeze (#UAE).
10. Teachers of Arabic need so much encouragement and support. And I feel that we are at a turning point in our field. With everyone online, I feel more connected to colleagues from around the world. Many initiatives are brewing, and it will be good for teachers and students.
Stay well folks & keep learning!