Professional network for Rostov region ELTs
We unite members of DonELTA (Don English Language Teachers Association) and ELTs who are enthusiastic to join our social network
Wewould like to share this encourage and warm congratulation to all EL teachers-women from Kelli Odhuu, our colleague and ELO partner in many-many ELT projects and programs.
I wish you a fulfilling and restful International Women’s Day. As women, we face busy days every single day: we are teachers, wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, tailors, cleaners, bakers and chefs, caretakers, writers, psychologists, counselors….and the list goes on and on as does our work. As teachers, we never stop working; there are always papers to grade, lesson plans to make, students to assess, life to live. There isn’t much we can do about this: the 24/7 is the nature of the job.
But we can manage our time so that this 24/7 job doesn’t affect our own lives—meaning our physical and mental health. We waste time every day, maybe 30 minutes here and 20 minutes there. Over a week, we have several 15, 20, 30, 60-minute windows of time that we wasted (maybe we call it waiting for the next meeting). Even more relaxing is if we don’t waste those pockets of time, but deliberately schedule those pockets of time for small things we like to do.
Before you start transforming your schedules, first you must think of what you do that truly relaxes you. Is it reading? Watching a tv show? Meditating? Singing? Walking? Baking? Cooking? Once you know, analyze the times that you have in a day—how many minutes are wasted on doing nothing—no work and no play? Instead, we waste that time organizing ourselves, worrying about what comes next, or what we still have to accomplish.
There definitely is a mental difference in time that is looked forward to opposed to spontaneous breaks. When you look forward to that 20 minutes for a cup of tea and conversation with colleagues, or a good book, your mind anticipates that you will relax at that time—and you deserve to relax. Schedule it, and do it, and see the difference in yourself after one week. That rest, when scheduled well, actually helps you make better decisions for the rest of the day. That rest actually allows your brain to attack issues from another side in order to solve them. That rest is necessary and impactful. Even when it is 10 minutes.
Please share with us how these scheduled breaks help you be better women, better teachers, better to yourself. And the first scheduled break will be International Women’s Day. Celebrate well!
We're happy to invite English teachers and other ELT professionals to our 11th DonELTA Spring School 2019 on 1-2 March 2019 in Rostov-on-Don, Southern University (IMB&L), M. Nagibina ave., 33A/47.
Keep an eye on the details! :)
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Official hashtags: #DonELTA #DonELTA2019
We're offering plenary sessions, workshops in a few specialist strands, with sessions of general interest on a wide variety of topics, a fishbowl session (classroom observations), contests and a lot more!
Call for proposals_video guidelines.docx
Registration deadline - 25 January 2019
Registration form for participants from Russia
Registration deadline - 21 February 2019
Registration form for participants from outside Russia: to be announced (TBA).
DonELTA Quiz 2019: TBA.
New! Accommodation tips (with some interesting facts about Rostov-on-Don)
Video from DonELTA Winter School 2018
DonELTA Facebook group
DonELTA vk group
DonELTA Odnoklassniki group
Contact information / Organizers:
DonELTA President Irina Rozina and DonELTA Vice-President Olga Rotko (Facebook or email@example.com)
The Don English Language Teachers’ Association (DonELTA) was founded in Rostov-on-Don (South West of Russia) in 2002, and it is a rapidly growing local English language teachers’ professional organisation and a NATE Russia (National Association of Teachers of English) affiliation.
NATE Russia: http://nate-russia.ru
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