Re: [evonline2002_webheads] an update - Rita
- Dear Rita,
There comes a time when those who devote more time than others need to
retreat and take some time out. I did that over Easter and will do so again
sometime over the summer. The problem, Rita, is that everything always
sounds exciting and it's very difficult to say 'no'. I always learn the hard
way! Only when I'm dead tired, as is the case at the moment.
Anyway, regarding your message, all I can say, to start with, is that I wish
all our online and offline efforts paid all the time. Just think about
students: we do everything possible and impossible to motivate them, help
them learn, etc, etc, and what do we get in return, often with more students
than we'd like? Total frustration! But does that make us stop, do less, feel
down? It doesn't to me! It makes me want to do better and try to motivate
them in different ways.
As you said, there are compensations in the midst of all the negativeness
and resistance that you encounter among close colleagues, namely, all those
invitations that you should be proud of. They mean that you're work and
message are getting across, though not at the rhythm you'd like, nor within
your closest collaborators. I've felt the same in my school for years, and
even within APPI, but I haven't given up. At school, my students are
experiencing something that may never experience again, and they feel
excited with every CALL lesson. At APPI, there are always the regular
participants - my fans, as I call them -, but there's always a group of new
faces every year. And I'm sure that there are always those that I'm getting
I second your words
"Definitely, were it not for this fabulous Community, my existence would
have missed all this joy ;-)))"
and everything that Michael said in his reply, especially
"It has made my life infinitely
more interesting, enjoyable, and stimulating."
Wny similarity between WiA and the offline world at my school is pure
Keep up that Webhead spirit, Rita! When you need a pat on the shoulder and a
caring word, come to this fabulous community where you will always find
warmth, sympathy and... a loving word!