Today was a day full of pleasure and – more importantly – a day full of honour and pride.
First of all, we started our day with the amazing Plenary Session held by our great teacher Sarah Mercer. To see one of my teachers standing on the stage, catching the attention of hundreds of people and doing a great job in presenting was a unique experience, I will (hopefully) never forget. There were 2 statements of the session that particularly stayed in my mind. The first one is something very important for me, namely that teachers create magic. Therefore, our magic power is to spread knowledge and to enthuse our students with the English language. Since I already wanted to become a magician as a little girl that sounds great to me. 😉
The second statement was the quote, “Take care of yourself, you can’t pour from an empty cup”. That’s something I really need to remember myself regularly.
So… I can’t say anything different apart from GREAT JOB MRS. MERCER – thumbs up!!!
And since we (the Austrian students) got feedback of a young lady, “You embody everything Sarah Mercer just explained”, I am sure that we were not the only ones who were gripped by the presentation.
Well, at least I hope that it was supposed to be a compliment… 😉
The next great session was Creative Use of Language through Humour conducted by Geoff Tranter. He showed us how we could teach with a good amount of humour. So hold on tight, from now on aaaaaall our blog-entries will be HILARIOUS! ;P
Unfortunately, the second session was very boring. Even though we had an interesting seating arrangement, the presentation by Sergio Monteiro about Can we motivate our students? was very boring. But hey, at least we had fun sitting on the floor like a caravan of students, listening to uninspiring quotes about motivational theory. 😉
My last session for today was held by a member of our travelling-family, namely Mrs. Ulla Fürstenberg. She told us about Developing Practical Theory. It was great to hear how she presented our University and even more fascinating for me that people from the audience were actually interested in the way of teaching at such a small university like Graz. 😉
After that eventful day at the conference, we spent the rest of the afternoon with strolling through the vibrant city of Glasgow, which finally ended with over 8 Kilometres of walk and a number of tired faces in the lobby of our hostel.
This brings me to the end of my blog, which I want to close with the perfectly fitting words we’ve already heard today in Mrs. Ulla Fürstenberg’s presentation,
“We – students and teachers- are travelling the road together.”